The LGBTQ Rights Section Annual Update 2023 Seminar, featuring Lowenstein’s Zachary L. Berliner, will cover challenges to sustaining equal justice and LGBTQ+ rights in various arenas in New Jersey and elsewhere, as well as practical strategies for legal practitioners in any area to promote equal justice, procedural fairness, and inclusive practices. Zach will discuss ways to further these goals for LGBTQ+ adults, including Lowenstein’s longstanding partnership with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (TLDEF) Name Change Project, which Zach co-leads and through which Lowenstein attorneys have represented over 100 pro bono transgender, gender-expansive, and non-binary clients in seeking judicial name changes.

The program will consist of two 100-minute sessions, one on youth and one on adults. Each session will allow time for attendees to ask questions and share in addressing hypotheticals presented.

Topics Include:

  • Youth Issues
    • Laws against Trans Youth access to health care
    • Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Law and similar laws to suppress LGBTQ identity
    • Bathroom litigation
    • Hostility to Trans Youth at School Boards
    • Access to Sports
    • Facts and myths about gender-affirming care for transgender minors
  • Adult Issues
    • Book Bans
    • Medical Access
    • U.S. Supreme Court 303 Creative v. Elnis
    • Immigration Update
    • Prison Updates
    • Pro Bono Name Change Project


  • Zachary L. Berliner, Associate, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Dr. Sari D. Bentsianov, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson
  • Lisa R. Burke, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Officer New Jersey Courts
  • Robyn Gigl, Gluck Walrath, LLP
  • Debra E. Guston, Guston & Guston, LLP
  • Danny King, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Damien Lopez, Garden State Equality
  • Brielle Winslow-Majette, Garden State Equality
  • Jamie M. Zug, McCarter & English, LLP


  • Michael Poreda, Lydecker, LLP

Time: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET

*Disclaimer: This event is open to the public but requires a registration fee.