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National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

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

Mission

The National LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBTQ+ community in all its diversity.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

D'Arcy Kemnitz

Main address

1701 Rhode Island Ave NW Office 2-106

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

58-1953681

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (I03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National LGBTQ+ 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

National LGBTQ+ Bar works 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
Adults

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
LGBTQ people

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
LGBTQ people

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
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association is the largest and most prominent organization of LGBTQ+ legal professionals in the United States. We aspire to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ individuals through advocacy, education, and mentoring.
The following are some specific ways in which the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association improves the quality of life for LGBTQ+ individuals:

Advocacy: The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association advocates for LGBTQ+ rights at the federal, state, and local levels. We work to ensure that LGBTQ+ individuals have equal protection under the law and that they are free from discrimination.
Education: The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association provides educational resources to LGBTQ+ legal professionals and law students. We offer CLE courses, webinars, and other trainings on LGBTQ+ legal issues.
Mentoring: The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association provides mentoring opportunities to LGBTQ+ law students and lawyers. We match mentors with mentees who share similar interests and professional goals.

The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association is committed to improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ individuals. We believe that everyone deserves to live a life free from discrimination and that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association works to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the law by collaborating with law students, legislators, 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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

Board of directors
as of 07/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bendita Cynthia Malakia

No Affiliation

Term: 2023 - 2023

Bendita Malakia

Lousene Hoppe

William S. Singer

Frederick Sultan

Jessica Hernandez

Omar Alaniz

Gretchen Bellamy

Marla Butler

Michael Hui

Melissa Meister

Jason Prussman

Rebekah Scherr

Stephen Kulp

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data