Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

The Pernicious Myth of Conversion Therapy: A Historical and Legal Perspective on Debunked Practices

Program Number: 3187

Program Date: 04/21/2021


Charles Francis, President of the Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, an archival research and educational organization, will join Lisa A. Linsky of McDermott Will & Emery, outside counsel for the MSDC to discuss the decade-long work by the two organizations, and the importance of creating pro bono partnerships focused on social justice issues. Charles and Lisa will also speak about the history of sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy and the relevance of that history in connection with the current nationwide effort to ban such harmful and ineffective practices.

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California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.00 Divesity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credit
60 minute credit hour - 1.00 Divesity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credit

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Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams

Legal Talent Advisors, LLC

Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams is a legal talent development expert with over 25 years of experience in success coaching for attorneys and developing high impact programs for law firms. Dr. Abrahams has published three books with the American Bar Association and regularly publishes articles for Thomson Reuters and American Legal Media on professional and business development. Known for engaging and educational programs, Dr. Abrahams is a sought-after keynote speaker, program facilitator and law firm advisor. She gives back to the community by conducting complimentary programs and workshops for 501(c)(3) organizations across the country.


Charles Francis

Mattachine Society of Washington D.C.

Charles Francis is President of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., an LGBT history society with the motto 'Archive Activism'. Mattachine's archival history projects include recent groundbreaking research on the federal St. Elizabeths Hospital (for the Insane) and its experimental treatments on LGBT patients committed there over decades for a "cure" of their homosexuality. Francis' career in public affairs consulting included working for the largest public affairs firms in Washington, D.C. and their corporate clients worldwide. He is a native of Texas and resides with his husband and son in Homer, Alaska and Washington, D.C.


Lisa Linsky, Esq.

McDermott Will & Emory

Lisa A. Linsky focuses her practice on complex litigation, including product liability and toxic tort, civil trials, trust and estate litigation, business investigations including sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct investigations, client counseling and civil rights litigation
Lisa was McDermott’s first partner-in-charge of Firm-wide Diversity and partner-in-charge of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Diversity and Inclusion. She created and chaired the Firm-wide LGBT Committee, and currently serves on the Firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service and Diversity and Inclusion Committees.

Lisa was formerly with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, where she held the positions of associate chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and chief of the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureau of the same division. Lisa investigated and prosecuted countless sexual abuse cases involving children and adults and has been recognized for her expertise and work in the fields of domestic violence, child abuse and sex crimes investigations and trials.