Our Staff

D’Arcy Kemnitz, Esq.

D’Arcy Kemnitz, Esq.

Executive Director

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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.

Mari Nemec

Mari Nemec

Manager of Public Affairs

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Mari graduated from The College of William and Mary in January of 2018 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Gender/Sexuality Studies. During her time at The College, she founded and led William and Mary’s chapter of The National Organization for Women and provided tours of the historical Sir Christopher Wren Building as a member of the prestigious Spotswood Society. She also worked as an organizer for the 2017 Women’s March, coordinating with college students around the state of Virginia to provide them with the resources needed to attend the March. Mari served as a legislative intern to Delegate Mike Mullin in the Virginia General Assembly in January and February of 2017. In the summer of 2017, Mari was The National LGBT Bar Association’s Programs Intern. In that role, she aided in planning the LGBT Bar’s Annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair and contributed to other programmatic efforts of the Bar. As the Manager of Public Affairs, Mari is responsible for much of the communication between the LGBT Bar, our members, and the wider community. She is the author of our Membership Spotlight blog and of our Member Newsletter, manages our volunteer opportunities and our community platforms, and assists in the LGBT Bar’s programmatic initiatives. After growing up in Colorado, Alaska, and the DC area, Mari is excited to spend more time in the nation’s capital.

Judi O'Kelley, Esq.

Judi O'Kelley, Esq.

Chief Program Officer

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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.

Seth Rosen, Esq.

Director of Development

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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.

Meredith Walsh

Meredith Walsh

Development Associate

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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 Graves

Logan Graves

Operations Associate

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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 an immensely about 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.

Employment Opportunities

The LGBT Bar is seeking candidates for two full-time positions: a Digital Marketing Strategist and an Administrative Assistant.

The Digital Marketing Strategist manages external marketing and communications using the tools of digital and social media marketing to drive engagement and grow unrestricted funding dollars. This position is responsible for supporting the implementation, testing, and analysis of digital marketing strategies across the TechnoServe portfolio of digital platforms: website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Linked-In.

They will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of digital strategy. The right candidate will be familiar with implementation, testing, and analysis of digital marketing strategies across a wide portfolio of digital platforms. We want someone who likes to be creative and analytical for the purposes of branding, list building, social media engagement, website and digital content creation, online fundraising, and digital organizing.

The Strategist will work closely with the Director of Development, Director of External Affairs and the Chief Program Officer while we begin to hire and develop staff responsible for the strategic use of broadcast email, content management systems, social media, website properties, online ads, text messages, and more on multiple issue campaign and professional networking opportunities. So yep, this is starting as a department of one and yep, we are looking for you if you are visionary builder who can execute with precision and assess and communicate results. Please click here for a full description of the position.

The Administrative Assistant works closely with all other staff members to ensure efficient carrying-out of routine tasks conducted at the LGBT Bar. Our ideal candidate is a motivated, efficient, and detail-oriented individual with excellent organizational and communication skills to work in our office. The successful candidate will be capable of multitasking, maintaining organizational systems, and meeting tight deadlines. They will be self-directed, creative, and have a commitment to excellence and accuracy in a fast-paced office environment. Please click here for a full description of the position.

Interested parties for either of these positions may send a resume and cover letter to positions@lgbtbar.org. Please include name and title of position in the subject line.

Internship Opportunities

The National LGBT Bar Association offers two summer internships!

If you are an undergrad or law student who is passionate about LGBTQ+ equality and is dedicated to justice for all marginalized groups, please read on below for what the position responsibilities are and why this is a wonderful opportunity for a law student or a student interested in social justice. Both internships receive a $1000 stipend.

Office Intern: You’ll be tasked with assisting us with our general programs – including cutting edge LGBTQ+ policy and legal work – and conference activities. Every year, with help from interns, we put on the Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair. It is the largest minority legal career fair in the country, attended by more than 1,700 law students and legal professionals. You’ll help us prepare for and organize the conference, as well as assist with conference sponsorships, all the while interacting with some of the top legal minds in the country. Help ensure that law students and attorneys find their dream jobs, while also taking advantage of the opportunity to connect with our vast network of legal professionals. This position is based at our Washington, DC office.

Legal Intern: You’ll be tasked with assisting us with legal research and policy work, and with program development for LGBTQ+ and ally law students and attorneys. You’ll experience the nonprofit world while interacting with pro bono counsel at Am Law 100 firms and attorneys with years of experience in the LGBTQ+ advocacy realm. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference on the issues you care about. Unlike the office intern, this intern has the option to work remotely. Also, please note that this internship is only open to current law students and 2019 law school graduates.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to info@lgbtbar.org. Please include “Summer 2019 Office/Legal Internship” in the Subject.