Membership Committee

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; and
  • serves as the voice of the Association’s membership to the Board.

Volunteer to Serve on the Membership Committee

The ideal candidate will have experience that includes one or more of the following: membership, marketing or associations. Candidates may be asked to devote up to three hours per month to participate in LGBT Bar conference calls and committee work.

Sample Duties

  • Participate in monthly Membership Committee Calls.
  • Contact individuals whose membership will soon lapse.
  • Contribute thoughtful and unique concepts geared toward increasing membership.
  • Enhance the reputation of the organization, while promoting positive working relationships and communications with members and member societies.
  • Assess and improve the Committee’s effectiveness.


Each Committee member is appointed by the LGBT Bar Board of Directors on a rolling basis.

The Committee meets monthly, via conference line. The meetings last approximately one hour each. In addition, members are asked to make a limited number of phone calls each month to individuals whose memberships have, or will soon, expire.

All Committee members are encouraged to attend LGBT Bar programs and meetings when applicable, and act as “good will” ambassadors for the organization by interacting in a positive way with employers, other legal professionals and the public.

Members of the Membership Committee

Jeremy Protas

Jeremy Protas

Jeremy Protas is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP in Chicago. Jeremy’s practice focuses on securing patent protection in the United States and abroad, counseling clients on patent-related matters, and participating in complex patent liti

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Cleve Acree

W. Cleveland Acree II


W. Cleveland Acree II works for the Orlando office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., a firm with multiple offices in the state of Florida, as well as Ohio, Illinios and Arizona. Both at QPWB as well as at prior firms he has practiced with, Cleve’s litigation practice has been quite extensive and has included professional, premises, pro

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Ana Christian

Ana Christian


Ana Christian is an associate in the Health Care practice group at Polsinelli, LLP in Los Angeles. Ana focuses her health care practice on clinical research transactions and compliance. Ana drafts and negotiates all manner of clinical research contracts, including clinical trial agreements, assignment and assumption agreements, confidentiality agre

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Heron Greenesmith


Heron Greenesmith is an LGBT Movement and Policy Analyst with the Movement Advancement Project. Before joining MAP, Heron was Legislative Counsel at the Family Equality Council where she focused on federal regulatory reforms for LGBT parents and their children. She has written about employment discrimination and the legal invisibility of bisexualit

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Nathan Pearman


Nathan Pearman is an associate at Bickel & Brewer’s Dallas office practicing in the areas of complex commercial litigation and securities. While attending law school, Mr. Pearman served as an intern for Judge Susan G. Braden, United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, and Judge Myron H. Thompson, United States District Judge for t

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