NATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY LAW ASSOCIATION

aka National LGBT Bar Association   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.lgbtbar.org/

Mission

The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

D'Arcy Kemnitz

Main address

1200 18th Street NW Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

58-1953681

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (I03)

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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

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

Annual Conference & Career Fair

NLGLA works directly with its sister Foundation to put on the 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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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

The National LGBT Bar Association works to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the law by collaborating with law students and legal professionals. 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 association 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.

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NATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY LAW ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dale Noll

No Affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2018

Greg Cheikhameguyaz

Eduardo Juarez

Kylie Byron

Wesley Bizzell

John Stephens

Peter Catalanotti

Ben Aguilar

Randy Katz

Alfred Zaher

Bendita Malakia

W. Cleveland Acree

Joseph White

Lousene Hoppe

Jennifer Protas

R. Jason Burch

Debra Kinney

Sherman Helenese

William Singer