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White House protesters; Gay firm has new attorney; Locals in top 40
2015-07-08

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Protesters arrested at White House

On Tuesday, June 30, undocumented trans and queer leaders from across the country conducted a "die-in" in Washington, D.C., at the intersection of 16th and H St. NW ( at the White House ) to symbolize the deaths of LGBTQ immigrants in detention as well as those LGBTQ immigrants who have been deported back to their death, according to a press release from United We Dream.

The Washington Blade reported that six people were arrested at the event, called Operation "Break the Cage." They had been positioned at or near the White House for two hours before being arrested.

Officers took Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, Brooke Cerda-Guzman, Joselyn Mendoza, Richard Masson, Dagoberto Bailon and Damian Lima into custody after they refused to leave the intersection of 16th and H Streets in front of Lafayette Park. Nine others staged the "die-in."

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. It is a nonpartisan network of 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. United We Dream organized the protest, along with Casa Ruby, GetEQUAL and Make the Road New York.

The Blade article is at http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/06/30/six-arrested-during-protest-against-detention-of-lgbt-immigrants/.

All-gay law firm has new attorney

Prather Ebner LLP—a Chicago law firm in The Monadnock Building at 53 W. Jackson Blvd.—has added a fourth attorney.

All attorneys at the firm are gay.

Raymond W. Prather and Daniel S. Ebner founded Prather Ebner in 2010. Landon Perkinson joined the Prather Ebner team in 2012 to further broaden the practice to include international estate and tax issues. ( The firm had previously specialized in trust and estate administrations as well as estate litigation matters. )

Thomas M. Schroeder will join the firm as of July 1. Schroeder has been involved with various organizations in the LGBT community, including serving on the board of governors of the Human Rights Campaign and the advisory board of the ACLU's Roger Baldwin Foundation.

Visit PratherEbner.com .

Chicagoans among top 40 LGBT lawyers

The National LGBT Bar Association has released its 2015 "Best Under 40" list, recognizing the country's most accomplished young LGBT legal professionals.

Among those named from local firms are Mario Sullivan, a partner at Johnson and Sullivan, Ltd.; and Sarah Baker, an associate at Quarles & Brady LLP.

The awards will be presented during the organization's Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair in Chicago on Aug. 6.


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