The National LGBT Bar Association’s
Nuts & Bolts Academy for Judicial Candidates
The LGBT Bar’s “Nuts & Bolts Academy for Judicial Candidates” seeks to provide interested legal professionals with the tools they need to end up on the other side of the bench. This intensive workshop welcomes legal professionals from all backgrounds and parts of the country, and particularly encourages attorneys of color, transgender attorneys, and women attorneys to participate. The LGBT Bar believes diverse perspectives bring diverse experiences to the bench – and diverse experiences lead to better judgments.
Our Judicial Nuts & Bolts Academy offers 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 LGBTQ+ judges with experiences in elections as well as nomination and appointment procedures.
Attendees will have significant small-group time with current judges for conversation about the pathway to the specific jurisdictions identified as being of interest, as well as networking time with other prospective candidates. This year, for the first time, our faculty will include three groundbreaking LGBTQ+ federal judges as well as our esteemed LGBTQ+ state and municipal judges, and will dedicate significant discussion time specifically to the federal nominations process.
The 2021 Judicial Nuts & Bolts Academy will be held in conjunction with the 2021 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair on Saturday, July 31 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm Eastern. Only registered Conference attendees are eligible to attend the Academy.
The deadline for applications is July 23, 2021.
2021 Judicial Nuts & Bolts Academy Panel
Judge Rachel Bell
Judge Michael Fitzgerald
Judge Darrin Gayles
Judge Mike Jacobs
Justice Sabrina McKenna
Justice Sabrina Shizue McKenna grew up in Japan and the Philippines. She then received a B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) and a J.D. from UHM’s William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL). She was then a civil litigator, general counsel to a Japan-based conglomerate, and an assistant professor at WSRSL. In 1993, she was appointed a Hawaiʻi state limited jurisdiction trial judge, and in 1995, a general jurisdiction trial judge. In 2009, she was appointed presiding judge of Oʻahu’s family court. Upon her appointment to the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court in 2011, she became the first openly LGBTQ Asian American to serve on a state court of last resort. Her awards include the ABA’s Stonewall Award and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award.