Special Events

Optional Keynote Presentation & Luncheon

The Courage to Get Off the Fence – Featuring Phyllis Randolph Frye

Thursday, 12:20 - 1:30 P.M.

Join fellow attendees for an optional luncheon and keynote with Phyllis Randolph Frye, the first “out” transgender judge in the U.S. Phyllis will share some of her personal testimony as a transgender woman, as well as discuss ongoing legal and political transgender issues of concern. She’ll leave you with some personal advice as to how you can be an ally and help foster a more inclusive society. A $20 fee includes lunch and the presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you’d like to attend this event, check the box for the optional luncheon when you register.​

Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

When Phyllis Randolph Frye was appointed to the bench in 2010, she became the first “out” transgender judge in the United States. Phyllis is also a senior partner at the law firm of Frye, Benavidez and O’Neil PLLC, where she exclusively represents transgender clients in name-change and discrimination cases.

Phyllis is recognized as the “Grandmother” of the national transgender legal and political movement, which she is credited with kick-starting in the 1990s. In 2015, the NY Times chronicled Phyllis’ life work and personal journey in a front-page feature article entitled, “Once a Pariah, Now a Judge: The Early Transgender Journey of Phyllis Frye.”

Due to decades of advocacy for issues affecting LGBTIQ individuals, Phyllis has been the recipient of multiple awards, a few of which include: the National LGBT Bar Association’s Dan Bradley Award, the Stonewall Award from the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the American Bar Association, and a Civil Rights Leader recognition from the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League.

A graduate of the University of Houston Law School, Phyllis is also an Eagle Scout, a former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, a veteran (1LT-USA), and an engineer.

Social Hour and Cocktail Reception

Thursday, 5:25 P.M.

Join us for beverages and hors d'oeuvres after the CLE sessions on Thursday to relax and socialize with judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals from around the country.

Sponsored by von Briesen & Roper, S.C. and Lindner & Marsack.

Health Law Section Meeting

Friday, 7:45 - 8:30 A.M.
Breakfast provided

Are you a health law attorney? Check out what the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin is up to by attending the section meeting. Meet other health law practitioners as you learn about the section’s goals, upcoming activities, and available resources.

Not a member yet? Join today!​​​​​​​​


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