Board and Volunteer Committees

The National LGBT Bar Association thrives on member involvement. One of the many benefits of an LGBT Bar membership is the opportunity to actively participate on our Board of Directors. Volunteering on a committee is a great way to join colleagues with whom you share interests and work responsibilities. Committee work provides an ideal way to get involved in the work of the LGBT Bar as well as opportunities for networking and for sharing information, ideas and best practices.

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 Committees

ABA Delegates

Chair

John T. Hendricks

Law Offices of John T. Hendricks
50 California Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA  94111

ABA.chair@lgbtbar.org


The ABA Delegates committee is comprised of the National LGBT Bar Association’s delegates and liaisons to various entities within the American Bar Association, including the:

  • ABA House of Delegates
  • Commission on Women in the Profession
  • AIDS Coordinating Committee
  • Young Lawyers Division
  • Council of the Young Lawyers Division
  • Law Student Division

ABA Delegates: John Hendricks, Jeffrey Arnold, Kenny Cantrell, Mark Johnson Roberts, Richard Wilson, Jason Gibson

Development

Chair

Kevin Kraham

Littler Mendelson
1150 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

developmentchair@lgbtbar.org


The Development Committee is comprised of board members and volunteer association members. The committee’s mission is to assist the organization to seek, nurture and develop strong sources of funding for various programs and events, including the Lavender Law® Conference. The committee works to support current resource needs and addresses long term funding. The committee members bring forward ideas and propose innovative ways and diverse methods to leverage our members, sponsors, supporters and the public to financially support our organization. Many committee members possess experience in fundraising, advertising, marketing and networking. The committee requires dedication and passion for helping this organization financially support its programs and outreach events.

Committee Members:  Wesley Bizzell, Sue Borschel, Ted Furman, Kevin Kraham, Barry Parsons, Jeremy Protas, Alfred Zaher, Sharon Zealey

Finance

Chair

Brian Breheny

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
1440 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

Brian Esser

Law Office of Brian Esser
540 President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

finance.chair@lgbtbar.org


The Finance Committee is a collaborative effort between the Association and Foundation to provide both Boards with the opportunity to monitor the financials of the organization. The committee reviews monthly financial statements and as well as the proposed annual budget for the following fiscal year. From time to time, the Committee also recommends new policies or procedures, or changes to existing policies and procedures, in order to further the LGBT Bar’s commitment to providing the highest levels of fiscal governance.

Committee Members: Hope Adams, Brian Breheny, Kim Byrd, Brian Castro, Nicole Dogwill, Brian Esser, Joseph T. Gasper, Jason Gibson, Jeffrey Schimelfenig, Casey Sprock, Joe Vallo

Governance

Co-Chairs

Eduardo Juarez

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Kevin Kraham

Littler Mendelson
1150 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

governance.chair@lgbtbar.org


The Governance Committee is one of the most influential committees of the board. The committee not only maintains and updates the bylaws and policies, but creates the nominating committee which has the task of making recommendations annually to the board of directors, including recommendations for At-large Directors. Further, the governance committee recruits new board members and is tasked with ensuring that each board member is equipped with the proper tools and motivation to carry out his or her responsibilities.

Committee Members: Kim Byrd, Nicole Dogwill, Jeff Schimelfenig, Jason Gibson

Law Student Division/Congress

National Co-Chairs

Sam Gunning

Student, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Kristen Tassone

Student, George Washington University School of Law

LSC@lgbtbar.org


The National LGBT Bar’s Law Student Congress is the only national LGBT law students organization in the nation. It is involved in organizing the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair, administering the annual Michael Greenberg Writing Competition and student leadership awards. The Law Student Congress promotes regional and national interaction between LGBT law students and lawyers and helps LGBT students build contacts within the profession. It also engages in activism of concern to law students. The Division is divided into 12 Regions, each headed by a Regional Chair.

 

Membership

Chair

Jeremy Protas

Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
233 South Wacker Drive, 6300 Willis Tower
Chicago, IL 60606

membership.chair@lgbtbar.org


The Membership Committee serves the National LGBT Bar Association by developing a diverse membership, representing the interests of the Association’s members and assisting constituent groups.To accomplish this mission, the committee:

  • communicates to and solicits feedback from new, existing and lapsed members regarding membership benefits and the work of the Association;
  • advises on membership materials and programming;
  • provides feedback to the Board of Directors on membership and dues policies;
  • supports local, state and regional bar affiliates;
  • engages existing members in the work of the organization;
  • focuses on increasing and diversifying both individual and organization membership;
  • serves as the voice of the Association’s membership to the Board.

Committee Members: Cleveland Acree, David Ahlvers, Alan Boudreau, Mark Brennan, Daniel Benjamin, Ana Christian, Ashley Dunn, Heron Greenesmith, Jaron Luttich, Casey Payton, Nathan Pearman, Jeremy Protas, Erin Wright

Nominations

Chair

Jason Gibson

Co-Chair

Casey Sprock

nominations.chair@LGBTbar.org


The Nominations Committee advises on the Awards Program and the various opportunities the National LGBT Bar Association offers to its members. The Committee also oversees prospective candidates applying for vacant positions on both the Foundation and Association Boards of the organization.

Committee Members: Casey Sprock, Jason Gibson, Kim Byrd, Laura Maechtlen, Jeffrey Schimelfenig, Shelby Stuntz, Skip Horne