Posted: December 10th, 2014 | By: Rachel Wallen
Throughout the month of October, OUTLaw, the Wake Forest Law student group for LGBTQ students, hosted a number of events to support LGBTQ residents in the Winston-Salem and North Carolina communities.
On Oct. 18, OUTLaw students staffed a free Community Law Workshop at Winston Salem Pride. In partnership with the Campaign for Southern Equality and with the help of local volunteer attorneys, OUTLaw students assisted 100 people in completing their Health Care Power of Attorney documents. OUTLaw was thrilled to be a part of this historic day, the first Pride festival since same sex marriage became legal in North Carolina.
On Oct. 25, OUTLaw partnered again with the Campaign for Southern Equality and also with the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association to offer another free Community Law Workshop. Estate Planning for Equality was the first event of its kind in our state, offering free will preparation, health care powers of attorney, and durable powers of attorney to the LGBT community. Sixteen volunteer attorneys from across the state joined OUTLaw students in providing these much-needed services to 40 members of the community who otherwise would not have been able to afford them.
Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) gave a talk on Oct. 28 entitled “The Road to Equality: Same-Sex Marriage in North Carolina and the United States” with over 70 people in attendance. The event was sponsored by OUTLaw. Reynolds has a long history and career in family law and discussed the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
Liz Vennum (’15) received an “In Good Company” award for her work towards inclusion for LGBT residents in the Winston-Salem and greater North Carolina community. In Good Company is an event that honors LGBT employers and employees in Winston-Salem. They present an award to those who have demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.