Judicial Nuts & Bolts: A Fast-Paced Academy for Judicial Candidates Application

We are delighted to announce a special new opportunity at the 30th Annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, which will take place this August 8-10 in New York City. This year, for the first time, the LGBT Bar is offering “Judicial Nuts & Bolts: A Fast-Paced Academy for Judicial Candidates,” to be held on Friday, August 10, from 1:30 – 5:00 pm.

This intensive workshop will provide serious candidates planning to seek a judicial position in the next three years – either through appointment or election – with a foundation in those processes, as well as small-group mentoring from current LGBT judges with experience in partisan, non-partisan, and appointment procedures.

If you are interested in this wonderful opportunity, please fill out the below application to attend. Space is limited; the Academy will be capped at 25 attendees. Please note that we are only accepting serious candidates who have already decided to become a candidate for a judicial seat within the next 1-3 years. If your interest is more general at this point, please consider attending the annual program “Pathways to the Judiciary,” which will be offered on Thursday, August 9 as part of our regular Lavender Law programming and which is open to all conference attendees.

The Academy will provide an overview of valuable information, including:

  • Fundraising Realities
  • How to Build a Campaign Staff
  • How to Effectively Network
  • How to Balance An Ongoing Law Practice with Campaign Obligations (for both public and private employees)
  • How to Respond if Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Becomes An Issue
  • Ethical Constraints

Attendees will have significant small-group time with a current judge for conversation about the pathway to the specific jurisdictions identified as being of interest, as well as networking time with other prospective candidates.

Membership in the National LGBT Bar and advance registration at Lavender Law is MANDATORY for all Nuts & Bolts Academy participants. You may join here and register for the conference here. If you are a current member of a local affiliate LGBT Bar Association, you are entitled to a 50% membership discount with the National LGBT Bar. To request the affiliate discount code or to apply for a needs-based scholarship for the Lavender Law conference, write to Judi O’Kelley at judi@lgbtbar.org.


Applications for this year’s Judicial Nuts and Bolts Academy are now closed. If you haven’t registered for the annual Lavender Law conference, please do so today! Click here to register. We also invite you to attend our “Pathways to the Judiciary” program on Thursday afternoon, which is open to all conference attendees.