NATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY LAW FOUNDATION

aka National LGBT Bar Foundation   |   WASHINGTON, DC   |  lgbtbar.org

Mission

The Foundation and its sister organization, the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Bar Association, exists to promote justice in and through the legal profession for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in all its diversity.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

D'Arcy Kemnitz

Main address

1200 18th Street NW, Suite 700

WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

41-1791489

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National LGBT Bar Association aims to address discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, focusing primarily on the institutionalization of discrimination within the legal system. Some of the more pressing problems the LGBT Bar is working to rectify include the use of the gay/trans panic defense in criminal law, discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in employment, and advocating for transgender equality in U.S. prisons

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Conference & Career Fair

NLGLF works directly with its sister Association to put on its Annual Conference & Career Fair, Lavender Law, providing CLE and learning opportunities to both legal professionals and law students.

Population(s) Served

The Jury ACCESS (Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection) Act and Juror Non Discrimination Acts prevent discrimination in jury selection based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Population(s) Served

Gay and trans “panic” defense tactics ask a jury to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the defendant’s excessively violent reaction. The perpetrator claims that the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity not only explain – but excuse – their loss of self-control and subsequent assault of an LGBT individual. The LGBT Bar is proud to be leading the effort to ban gay and trans “panic” defenses across the country.

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In December of 2018, the National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation invited all ABA-accredited law schools in the United States to participate in the National LGBT Bar Association’s first annual Law School Climate Survey. This survey was designed to identify policies and procedures that specifically impact the schools’ LGBTQ+ population. The survey asked each school to identify only their law school’s policies and data, and not those of any broader University structure associated with that law school.

As a companion to this survey, the National LGBT Bar Association has created a toolkit as a resource to assist law schools in their efforts to foster a safe, welcoming community free from discrimination.

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The LGBT Bar’s Military Law Working Group has completed a project calling on the Administration to allow transgender military veterans an opportunity to change their military discharge paperwork (known as DD 214) to reflect their current name and gender.

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The LGBT Bar launched a campaign in 2018 that advocates for the FDA to adopt a risk-based analysis determined by the behavior of a donor rather than by their sexual orientation.

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The LGBT Bar’s “Nuts & Bolts Academy for Judicial Candidates” seeks to provide interested legal professionals with the tools they need to end up on the other side of the bench. This intensive workshop welcomes legal professionals from all backgrounds and parts of the country, and particularly encourages attorneys of color, transgender attorneys, and women attorneys to participate. The LGBT Bar believes diverse perspectives bring diverse experiences to the bench – and diverse experiences lead to better judgments.

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This new academy is designed to provide engaged LGBTQ+ and ally law students with the tools they need to create change in and through the legal profession. The LEAD Academy consists of three main components:
An overview of LGBTQ+ history; The legal developments in the ongoing LGBTQ+ rights movement; How to implement a commitment to LGBTQ+ equality in a legal career at a solo, small/medium, or large firm, as in-house counsel, in a government position, or in impact litigation.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The National LGBT Bar Foundation aspires to improve the quality of life for lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender individuals, particularly those in the legal profession.

We aim to achieve our goals in part by inspiring our nationwide network of LGBTQ+ legal professionals to make changes in their communities. To that end, we hold an annual Lavender Law conference which attracts hundreds of LGBTQ+ and ally attorneys and consists of dozens of panels and workshops on LGBTQ+ legal topics. Another way we effect change is through petitioning other organizations, including the American Bar Association, to adopt LGBTQ+-friendly resolutions and policies that can serve as a template for federal, state, and local governments looking to update their laws.

The National LGBT Bar Association has a small, highly-dedicated staff and hundreds of member attorneys nationwide. We have more than thirty years of experience mobilizing our network and lobbying other legal organizations to advocate for LGBTQ+-inclusive resolutions, policies, and laws.

The National LGBT Bar Foundation is America's largest network of LGBTQ+ legal professionals. We are currently working on projects to raise awareness of the gay/trans panic defense to criminal liability, to make law schools more inclusive of LGBT students, and to spark conversation about LGBTQ+ legal issues at our annual Lavender Law conference.

Financials

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NATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY LAW FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wesley Bizzel

Kevin Kraham

Nancy Halas

Brian Esser

Bernadette Harrigan

Jesse Loffler

Adeel Mangi

Elizabeth Davis

Travis Torrence

Mark (Rick) Richardson

Norma Barnes-Euresti