D’Arcy Kemnitz, Esq.
D’Arcy brings more than two decades of non-profit and social justice experience to her role as The LGBT Bar’s executive director. Under her leadership, The Bar has become the largest and most recognized organization of LGBT legal professionals in the country. In addition to orchestrating a coalition of more than 25 local, state, and regional LGBT bar associations, and dozens of LGBT law student associations, D’Arcy has overseen the annual “Lavender Law” Conference and Career Fair with thousands of attendees each year.
D’Arcy is a frequently quoted expert on LGBT legal issues, appearing in media outlets including The ABA Journal, ABC News, Time Magazine, and others. She is a distinguished graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Hamline University School of Law. She has experience speaking on a number of issues related to LGBT rights and the law and is available to speak at future events.
Judi O'Kelley, Esq.
Chief Program Officer
Judi joined the LGBT Bar’s team in 2017, and works on a broad range of programmatic initiatives including building the Bar’s law school affiliate program and supporting the work of the Family Law Institute. Judi brings over twenty years of legal and political experience working for equality within the LGBT community. While in law school, she worked against anti-gay ballot initiatives in Oregon; after graduating and entering private practice, she moved to Georgia and worked on behalf of local and national LGBT groups as a pro bono attorney, drafting and lobbying for successful non-discrimination protections and domestic partnership benefit programs for several Georgia municipalities, including Atlanta and Athens. In 2004, she served as President and Campaign Chair for the campaign for the Athens, Georgia area in opposition to Georgia’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions, and continued grass-roots organizing and local political work after the campaign. Judi also was the lead plaintiff from 2004-2006 in the case of O’Kelley v. Perdue, in which Lambda Legal, the Georgia ACLU, and the law firm of Alston & Bird sought to strike down Georgia’s anti-marriage amendment. Judi then spent over eleven years on the staff and in senior management of Lambda Legal in roles ranging from Southern Regional Director, to Director of Life Planning, to Deputy Director of Development, to Director of Leadership. Along the way she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she is involved with a number of local LGBT groups as the Bar’s West Coast outpost.
Judi received her B.A. from the Colorado College in 1990. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1996, she served as a law clerk for Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced appellate and employment law in Atlanta for Jones Day and two boutique law firms, before joining Lambda Legal in 2006. Judi has roots in the Washington, D.C. metro area as well as Juneau, Alaska, and is admitted to practice in DC, Alaska, and Georgia. She lives in Seattle with her spouse and twin teenagers, with whom she laughs, cooks, plays video games, and watches Star Trek. Judi has experience speaking on a number of issues related to LGBT rights and the law and is available to speak at future events.
Seth Rosen, Esq.
Director of Development
Seth is an attorney and seasoned fundraiser and raises funds to support and expand the LGBT Bar’s work to promote justice and protect the LGBT community.
As a senior at Brandeis University, Seth spent a year at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) working as an intake volunteer. Answering countless questions from members of the LGBTQ community, Seth saw how a small, dedicated staff tackled enormous problems and helped thousands of people obtain the equality they deserved. The experience was life changing. It opened his eyes to the effectiveness of strategic advocacy and the power of perseverance. Seth’s commitment to social justice and public service led him to law school and then to litigating federal civil rights claims on behalf of the City of New York.
Since then, Seth has gained considerable expertise in nonprofit law and fundraising. He’s held leadership positions at major national and international organizations including Amnesty International USA. Millennium Promise and Malaria No More. He was also the Managing Director of Development, Communications, and Marketing at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization. Most recently Seth was a Senior Major Gifts Officer at Lambda Legal.
Seth received his J.D. from New York Law School and his M.P.A. from New York University. Seth and his husband, Dr. Jacob Goertz, reside in New York City with their two children and two increasingly plump cats.
M. Dru Levasseur, Esq.
Deputy Program Officer
Dru Levasseur is the Deputy Program Officer, expanding the LGBT Bar’s programmatic work and increasing engagement with law schools and students, firms, and corporations. A leading figure in the LGBT equality movement for more than a decade, Dru has extensive experience in LGBT law, advocacy, philanthropy, and community organizing.
Previously, Dru was Senior Attorney and Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. From 2009-2019, Dru led Lambda Legal’s transgender rights work through strategy development, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. He served as counsel in landmark impact litigation cases and amicus briefs in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dru was also instrumental in the creation and development of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project in 2013, as well as Lambda’s Trans Toolkit. Upon his departure, transgender rights was the largest portion of Lambda’s litigation docket, integrated across all areas of work, including health care, employment, education, housing, and criminal justice.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Dru was the first staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and before that, served as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 2007, Dru co-founded the Jim Collins Foundation, a trans-led national nonprofit that funds surgeries for transgender people in need, and he continues to serve as a working group member for Grantmakers United for Trans Communities.
Dru received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in DC, NY, GA, and MA. He is a bereaved step-parent and lives with his partner, Rebekah Spicuglia, in Atlanta, GA after a decade in NYC. Dru has experience speaking on a number of issues related to LGBT rights and the law and is available to speak at future events.
Meredith joined the team in early 2016 and works as the Development Associate. She helps maintain organization and improve communication between staff, leadership, and members. Working and volunteering for over ten years in a variety of management and hospitality roles, she brings extensive experience and passion to all of her endeavors. Having previously worked in restaurant management in the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of Hawaii, she subsequently moved closer to her roots to obtain her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. While completing her degree, she worked in a non-profit animal shelter and became involved in volunteer work with local governance and the AmeriCorps/EnergyCorps federal program. Meredith enjoys exploring her new home in the DC area with her one-of-a-kind Labrador mutt, Radley, and wonderful husband of 5 years, Joel. Although she finds great things in every place she’s lived, she will always be “TrueBlue” – Go Royals!
Logan joined the LGBT Bar staff in January 2019, working as its Operations Associate. In this role, he performs administrative tasks, maintains customer service with the organization’s members, and assists with advocacy programming. Logan brings prior nonprofit and administrative experience to the team, as well as a passion for LGBTQ equality. He worked in retail for four and a half years, learning immensely about the nature of human beings and how to make them happy. He wants a career devoted to justice for all marginalized people, and puts his professional talent into causes he is passionate about.
Logan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended undergrad at the University of Louisville. He earned two bachelor’s degrees, graduating in 2017 with a B.S. in Geography and a B.A. in History. He moved to the Washington, DC area to pursue a career in Geographic Information Systems, social justice work, or both. He has plans to eventually move home to Kentucky to get involved in community organizing. In the meantime, he enjoys his new home in the DC area, where he is learning that Cincinnati-style chili is not as beloved outside the Ohio Valley region as it should be. Logan is a lover of drag queens, country music, spicy food, cats, and progressive politicians.
Maddie joined the LGBT Bar in May 2019 and works as the Administrative Coordinator. She performs general office duties and also assists with communication. She is particularly passionate about equality for LGBTQ+ individuals and women and is excited to be working with the LGBT Bar to promote social justice. Maddie attended James Madison University in Virginia where she received her B.A. in Anthropology in December, 2015. After working in retail for a few years, she moved abroad for a year to teach English to public high school, junior high school, elementary school, and special needs students in Chiba prefecture, Japan.
Maddie’s time abroad has given her an international focus, and she hopes to one day see a world where LGBTQ+ individuals are no longer discriminated against. She is currently undergoing graduate study in International Education at The George Washington University at night while working at the LGBT Bar during the day. When not busy working or studying, Maddie likes petting dogs, reading, traveling, and eating Mexican food.
Legal and Policy Intern
Taylor is a summer Legal and Policy intern for the LGBT Bar. She is a rising 3L at Syracuse University College of Law and a dual-degree student pursuing her MPA at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Taylor graduated summa cum laude from University at Buffalo with a BA in Legal Studies and Management in 2017. During the spring of 2016 Taylor lived abroad in Granada, Spain where she studied governmental policy. Taylor is a member of OUTLAW, BLSA, Cold Case Justice Initiative and Phi Alpha Delta at Syracuse, and serves as an Academic Success Fellow and Peer Mentor as well as a Research Assistant for Professor Lisa Dorlak. Taylor was also an arguing member on the NEBLSA Trial Team and will be a Student Advocate for the Criminal Defense Clinic in the fall.
Taylor has a true passion for social justice and hopes to continue legal and policy work surrounding these issues when she graduates in May 2020. Outside of her work for The Bar, Taylor is a Volunteer Advocate for Project Transgender Incarcerated Survivors. In her free time she enjoys watching sports, Netflix binging, and cuddling with her puppy, Astro.
Jack joined the LGBT Bar as a summer intern for 2019 to carry out his passion for LGBTQ+ activism. He is currently a rising junior at Brown University, planning to graduate with a BA in both Public Policy and Literary Arts. At Brown, he is currently the Brown Chapter President of a national advocacy group called Active Minds, which works to reduce stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness on college campuses. He is also Secretary for the Brown chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and co-founder of their Managing Mental Health working group.
Before Brown, Jack co-found and co-lead his high school’s first ever Gay Straight Alliance during his senior year. Before its creation, a space for LGBTQ+ students and conversations pertaining to LGBTQ+ issues were non-existent. With the help of his close friend and Diversity Director, those conversations in and outside of the GSA space began and are still continuing today. When Jack is not busy with club preparations and LGBT Bar work over the summer, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, sitting for hours on the beach at the Jersey Shore, or working on creative writing pieces that he hopes will one day see the eyes of a publisher.
Michael is a summer Legal Intern for the LGBT Bar. Michael became involved with LGBTQ+ advocacy in 2016 when he organized the first LGBT Pride event in Shenzhen, China. He is a second-year law student at Seattle University School of Law, where he serves as a member of the Executive Boards for both the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and the International Law Society. He is also an active member of the Seattle University Moot Court Board, and volunteers for the Asian Bar Association of Washington’s Pro Bono Legal Clinic. Michael also volunteers and provides Mandarin translation services for the Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Seattle.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys cooking and he is currently writing a cookbook focused on Central Asian cuisine. He also enjoys reading, writing, learning new languages, and weightlifting.