The Tarrant County Bar Association will host a conversation on LGBTQ awareness and inclusion as part of its SIDE Bar (Striving for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity inside the Bar) Conversation Series at noon CDT on June 24 via Zoom.

In recognition of Pride Month, leaders fighting for LGBTQ rights and inclusion will discuss the LGBTQ lawyer’s experience, the development of the law over the years, and ways to create a more inclusive bar. Co-moderators for the conversation are Paul Balanon, senior general attorney at BNSF Railway Company, and Spencer Mainka, an associate attorney at Pham Harrison. Other panelists are attorney and mediator John Barnes and Brad Sears, founding executive director of UCLA School of Law-The Williams Institute.

The event is free and open to the public. Register at

The conversation series is co-hosted by the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association and Black Women Lawyers Association.