Beth Robinson ’86 to Join DGALA in Zoom Chat (1/21/21)

Beth Robinson
Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson ’86

Vermont Supreme Court Justice (Freedom to Marry superhero-lawyer-icon!) Beth Robinson ’86 Zoom-side chat! How many of us know the story of the legal case Baker v. State of Vermont? One of our own, Beth Robinson ’86, was one of the lead attorneys who filed a lawsuit in Vermont on behalf of three couples seeking the freedom to marry – AND WON! Supreme Court Justice Robinson (aka Beth) offered to join us for a Q&A about the documentary “The State of Marriage,” which was made about this case! We hope you will join us for this extraordinary event!!

“Mary Bonauto partnered with small-town Vermont lawyers Beth Robinson and Susan Murray in a 2-decade struggle that built the foundation for the entire marriage equality movement. Despite fierce opposition, Vermont became the first state to grant same sex couples legal recognition through a groundbreaking 1999 State Supreme Court decision, and the first to legalize marriage equality by legislative vote in 2009.” (Amazon)

Hollywood Reporter said, “The State of Marriage” is an indispensable addition to the history of the marriage equality movement and a suspenseful nail-biter right up to the feel good ending. From groundbreaking LGBT legal recognition for same sex couples in 2000, to becoming the first state to enact same sex marriage through a dramatic legislative vote in 2009, the film shows in a very personal way how, as HRC national field director Marty Rouse says, Beth, Susan and Mary really changed the course of American history.

HRC’s Marty Rouse said, “They really changed the course of American history.” Featuring Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson, civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, and Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

You can watch the documentary in advance and join us at 8pm for the Q&A, or you can join us as we watch it together at 6:15pm on January 21st via Zoom before the Q&A. More details coming via email and our social media.

Generations Project Writing Workshop & Sharing Session

To mark our 35th anniversary, and in honor of SpeakOut, we are honored to be hosting an event in collaboration with The Generations Project – an organization that facilitates intergenerational queer writing workshops, and bringing LGBTQ+ experiences to life through storytelling (check them out on Instagram)!

At this event, our partners from The Generations Project will facilitate a virtual and intersectional learning program, bringing together LGBTQ+ Dartmouth alums for a creative sharing and discussion group. The Generations Project facilitators will guide us through multiple short prompts, with an emphasis on free self-expression and imagination.

The exercises are designed to be non-intimidating and easy for writers and beginners alike, and to spark various avenues of discussion. It’s sure to be the most interactive virtual event you attend all year!

  • Writing Workshop: Thursday, September 24; 5-7 p.m. ET (Join Facebook Event)
  • Sharing Session: Thursday, October 1; 5-6 p.m. ET

Both events will be followed by Happy Hours (Facebook Event), co-hosted by Chuck Edwards ’86 A&S and Leandra Barrett ’15 – both of whom participated in the SpeakOut project!

Becoming a State Supreme Court Justice: A Conversation with the Hon. Beth Robinson ’86 of Vermont and the Hon. Anne Patterson ’80 of New Jersey

Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Women of Dartmouth, and DGALA, the Dartmouth LGBTQIA+ Alum Association invite you to a special Zoom presentation:

Becoming a State Supreme Court Justice: A Conversation with the Hon. Beth Robinson ’86 of Vermont and the Hon. Anne Patterson ’80 of New Jersey
September 17, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM EDT

Click Here to Register

Please join the Honorable Beth Robinson ’86 of the Vermont Supreme Court, and the Honorable Anne Patterson ’80 of the New Jersey Supreme Court, as they discuss their respective paths to becoming a judge on the highest court in the state-court system, and the important role of the states in protecting individual rights and liberties. In particular, Justice Robinson will discuss Vermont’s efforts to protect the rights of same-sex couples, and Justice Patterson will discuss New Jersey’s recent criminal justice reforms.

Justice Robinson received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1989. She clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, entered private practice, and then served as counsel to Governor Peter Shumlin. Governor Shumlin appointed her to the Vermont Supreme Court as an Associate Justice on November 28, 2011.

Justice Patterson received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1983. She practiced in the firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti and also served as a deputy attorney general and special assistant to New Jersey Attorney General Peter N. Perretti, Jr. Governor Chris Christie nominated her to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and was sworn in on September 1, 2011.

The moderator, Amanda Prentice ’06, is currently an Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, in the Air Branch.

This program is free.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed shortly before the program to all registered attendees.

Upon request, a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours will be provided tor those who wish to seek CLE credit from their respective state regulators.

Virtual Mini-Reunion Events

The ongoing pandemic has forced DGALA’s annual on-campus June mini-reunion to be moved online. Happily, two of the mini’s most popular events will still take place (albeit virtually). Registration is required for each event.

First, on Thursday, June 18th, we will be hosting President Phil Hanlon ’77 for a conversation starting at 5 p.m ET, followed by a social hour for DGALA members.

Register for the June 18 meeting with President Hanlon

On Saturday, June 20th, join us for a virtual exhibition discussion with the Hood Museum of Art! Morgan E. Freeman, Native American Art Fellow, and Jami Powell, Associate Curator of Native American Art, will guide DGALA through exhibitions that were installed in the galleries prior to closing and that will be on view when the museum eventually reopens. They will highlight a number of works in the collection by queer Indigenous artists and describe the museum’s ongoing work with Dartmouth faculty and students and the surrounding Upper Valley community.

Register for the June 20 Hood Museum virtual exhibition discussion

Featured exhibitions: Shifting the Lens and Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics

CANCELED: NYC: DGALA Family Event – Central Park Playdate (5/9/20)

This event has been canceled.

DGALA Family Event – Save the Date for Central Park Playdate!
May 9th @ 1pm
[Rain Date- Sunday, May 10th]

Calling all DGALA Parents and Future Parents!  Join us for a casual Central Park Playdate – Playground TBD (please suggest any favorites that you have)!
Feel free to bring a simple snack to share, and DGALA will provide some beverages for both kids and adults.

The more the merrier- all are welcome!

RSVP on our Facebook Event

Our kids will play and we’ll think about more ways that we can come together and ways to support each other as both parents and future parents.

Be on the look out for a brunch party before Maplewood’s Family Pride on June 6th and a group outing to the Montshire Science Museum in Norwich, VT during the DGALA All-Classes reunion (September 25th-27th).