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Brooklyn Bar Association’s LGBTQ and Young Lawyers Committees host event with Brooklyn Pride

November 2, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Pictured from left: Jamie Farnam, Adam Kalish, Mickey Heller, Christina Golkin and Josh Levine. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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Brooklyn Pride meets on the first Tuesday of every month, and this past Tuesday it was joined by the Brooklyn Bar Association’s LGBTQ and Young Lawyers committees at Bogota on Fifth Avenue.

The networking event was designed to give cross promotion to each of the three groups, and it seemingly paid off as dozens of lawyers and a few law students participated.

“I’m a little emotional right now because I’m not only one of the co-chairs of Brooklyn Pride, but I’m also an attorney, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association’s LGBT Committee,” said Mickey Heller, co-chair of Brooklyn Pride.

“When I graduated law school in 1990 and joined the Brooklyn Bar, I never thought it would have such a diverse group of people,” Heller continued. “When I joined, it was a bunch of older, white men in tailored suits. This is great to see.”

Christina Golkin, who founded the LGBTQ Committee a year ago, used the opportunity to talk about the committee’s progress over the past year. Members of the group are busy working on organizing a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar that is tentatively scheduled for March 22. They will also be expected to staff a table during Brooklyn Pride’s parade in Park Slope, which will take place in June.

“Last year we had a CLE on employment discrimination within the LGBT Committee,” Golkin said. “I’m excited this year because we’re working with Brooklyn Pride, we have some projects in the works with the bar association’s Lawyer Referral Service and we’re planning a CLE on second parent adoption in March.”

The Young Lawyers Committee is working on a CLE seminar in the more immediate future; Jimmy Lathrop and Anthony Vaugh Jr. will conduct a foreclosure lecture on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Brooklyn Bar Association at 6 p.m.

“The Young Lawyers are sponsoring a CLE with Jimmy Lathrop on Monday, so this is a great opportunity to get support for that so a good crowd attends,” said Adam Kalish, co-chair of the Young Lawyers Committee.

“We’ve been doing monthly events which have been getting great turnouts, so we’re excited for the future of this committee,” Kalish. “After tonight, we expect a lot of people to show up and support us and the [Brooklyn Bar Association] at the CLE we are sponsoring.”

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