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Category: Member Highlight

Lousene Hoppe Schwarz

For Board Member Lousene Hoppe Schwarz, the National LGBT Bar Association has been a vehicle to getting more involved in the legal community at large. “The LGBT Bar has been a great way for me to get involved in the American Bar Association and in the LGBT community.” Lousene’s first experience with the LGBT Bar […]

Mitchell Katine, LGBT Bar Member

When Mitchell Katine began at South Texas College of Law in 1982, he simply hoped to gain a better understanding of the law. However, he soon realized the difference he could make for the LGBT community and chose to put his education into practice. Shortly after Mitchell graduated in 1985, the Supreme Court issued its […]

Jennifer Fairfax, LGBT Bar Member

National LGBT Bar Association member Jennifer Fairfax first learned about the LGBT Bar from a friend who suggested she attend Lavender Law®, the Bar’s Annual Conference and Career Fair. After learning more about the organization, Jennifer became a member “because she cares about the community and advancing the law.” As a lawyer dedicated to helping […]

Meet Dale Noll, President, National LGBT Bar Association Board of Directors (2017)

Dale Noll, an associate in the Miami office of Akerman, LLP, has been attending the National LGBT Bar’s Annual Conference and Career Fair since he was a student in 2010. Looking back, Dale remembers, “Lavender Law helped me get my summer associate position.” He became a member of the LGBT Bar after he was sworn […]

Meet Christopher “Edwin” Hopkins-Gillispie, LGBT Bar Member

National LGBT Bar Association member Christopher “Edwin” Hopkins-Gillispie’s first introduction to The Bar came in 2012 when he attended the Annual Conference and Career Fair, Lavender Law®, as a recruiter on behalf of his law firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. As a member of the LGBT Bar, Edwin has benefited greatly from the networking […]

Meet Eduardo Juarez, The Bar Association’s New President (2016)

In his professional and personal life, LGBT Bar Association President Eduardo Juarez values the importance of both looking to history and moving LGBT equality forward. As a Supervising Trial Attorney for the San Antonio Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Eduardo has been a witness to some of the most important social developments […]

Meet Jeremy Protas, The Bar Association’s New President (2015)

Education. That is the theme of Jeremy Protas’ time with the LGBT Bar and as an openly gay attorney. Jeremy is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, a boutique intellectual property firm in Chicago, and the newly elected president of the National LGBT Bar Association Board of Directors. Jeremy’s education began in 2007 […]

Meet Brian Esser, The Bar Foundation’s New President

Brian Esser spent eight years as an attorney at Baker & Hostetler LLP, focusing on complex and general civil litigation and corporate investigations. He handled civil RICO claims brought against insurance companies, tobacco manufacturers, foreign sovereigns and government contractors and coordinated discovery under the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. In January […]

Meet Daniel Winterfeldt, The Bar’s V.I.P. in the U.K.

When Daniel Winterfeldt attended his first Lavender Law Conference, he left with a mission in mind: Bring The LGBT Bar’s unique networking, career and educational model to his colleagues in London. As Head of International Capital Markets at CMS and a US securities lawyer with over sixteen years of experience in London and New York, […]

Nicole Dogwill, President, National LGBT Bar Association Board of Directors (2014)

When Nicole Dogwill assumed her position as President of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Board of Directors, she brought with her a wealth of experiences in the legal profession and a unique vision of the organization’s future. Nicole’s involvement with the LGBT Bar began in 2010 when she attended Lavender Law® to recruit at the […]