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LGBT Bar Association To Honor Local Attorneys, Raise Money for Scholarship Program

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The Austin LGBT Bar Association will honor two Austin attorneys — Chuck Herring and Jody Scheske — who have had a hand in shaping law in Texas that affects the LGBT community at the group’s inaugural “Sculpting the Future” Gala at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The event will also serve as a major fundraiser for the association’s new LGBT scholarship program.

Chuck Herring is a partner in Herring & Panzer, L.L.P. and represented Austin residents Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend, the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Texas, several months before the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Jody Scheske, a former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner who now practices solo, succeeded in securing Texas’ first same-sex divorce, also pre-Obergefell, by convincing the Texas Supreme Court that it should reject the state’s attempt to intervene in the case.

Attendees of the gala will enjoy complimentary cocktails, including a champagne toast for the honorees, tapas, live music, a silent auction all set on the beautiful grounds of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. One of the highlights of “Sculpting the Future” will be several bronze sculptures that will be auctioned off to raise money for the Austin LGBT Bar Association’s scholarship program.

The scholarship, created in partnership with the Austin Bar Foundation, will help defray tuition costs for qualified LGBT and allied students enrolled at law schools in Texas. Applicants will have demonstrated a commitment or contribution to the LGBT community or LGBT legal issues. The association and foundation hope to award two $5,000 scholarships annually, beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.

The first annual Austin LGBT Bar Association Scholarship Gala, “Sculpting the Future,” will be held at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden at 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin TX 78704 from 7-10 PM. Tickets are $50 (plus service fee) and available online. 100 percent of all ticket sales and auction proceeds will benefit the scholarship program. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to donate to the scholarship fund, contact Austin LGBT Bar Association treasurer Daniel Collins by email at algbttreasurer@gmail.com.

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[gdlr_icon type=”icon-camera-retro” size=”16px” color=”#999999″]TOP IMAGE: The Kiss 1970, bronze / photo credit: MimiPhanPhotography/Facebook.

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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