Please join us for a brown bag discussion on Tuesday, September 13th at noon about current litigation regarding LGBT rights with Paul Smith, the lawyer who argued Lawrence v. Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Smith also led the team that successfully argued in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management that Section 3 of DOMA violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection when applied to federal income tax and Social Security and federal employees, retirees and their surviving spouses. We hope you can join us!
The White House issued an executive order on Thursday, August 18th announcing a Government-wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and efforts. Noting, “a commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion is critical for the Federal Government as an employer. By law, the Federal Government’s recruitment policies should “endeavor to achieve a work force from all segments of society.” (5 U.S.C. 2301(b)(1)). As the Nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government has a special obligation to lead by example. Attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service.”
Adding, “To realize more fully the goal of using the talents of all segments of society, the Federal Government must continue to challenge itself to enhance its ability to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a more diverse workforce. Further, the Federal Government must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential.”
DOJ Pride is proud to announce a newly formatted and updated look for its portal on the internet today. The new look of www.dojpride.org more closely matches the updated stylings and themes of color, diversity, inclusion, and justice present in the newly adopted logo by the Board of Directors. President Marc Salans said, “we heard from the membership survey conducted earlier this year that there was a clear need for a more refined and graphically captivating web presence. With this new look, we can more easily achieve the goals of our members, increase our outreach effectively, and have greater clarity of goals in a professional venue.” The new format more easily integrates feedback from users and links to the organization’s facebook page, a new feature. Additional changes and improvements will be coming in the following weeks.
A huge congratulations goes out to members David Knight, Civil Rights Division attorney and board member of DOJ Pride, and Benjamin Mizer, senior counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel. DOJ Pride is extremely proud of the efforts and work both individuals have contributed to the LGBT community.
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