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 both partisan and non-partisan 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.
The 2020 Judicial Nuts & Bolts Academy will be held on August 13, 2020 in time slots to be determined. The program will last approximately 3 hours and will be held on-site at the Lavender Law® Conference venue, the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Judges Tara Flanagan and Mike Jacobs will be co-leading this year’s Academy; the remaining panelists are to be determined.
2019 Judicial Nuts & Bolts Academy Panel
Judge Tara M. Flanagan
Judge Mike Jacobs
Judge Larnzell Martin Jr.
He continues to serve as a Senior Judge for the Maryland Judiciary. Judge Martin’s judicial assignments have included service as the Administrative Judge of the District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County, chairing the Maryland Judicial Conference’s Committee on Family Law, membership on the Judiciary’s Technology Oversight Board and Lead Judge for the Prince George’s County Model Court. December 2014 through 2017, he served as the first Chair of the Maryland Judicial Council’s Court Access and Community Relations Committee. He has also served as an instructor for the Maryland Judicial Institute, now known as the Judicial College. Prior to his May 1988 appointment to the District Court of Maryland, Judge Martin was the County Attorney for Prince George’s County, the first African American to serve in that capacity for any of Maryland’s counties. Judge Martin is a member of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges, having formerly served as Secretary. A 1972 graduate of Carleton College, he currently serves on the College’s Board of Trustees and is a former member of his alma mater’s Alumni Council and its Out @fter Carleton Leadership Committee. Judge Martin received his Juris Doctorate in 1975 from Georgetown University Law Center.
Hon. G. Helen Whitener
Judge Whitener was appointed to the Pierce County Superior Court in 2015 by Governor Jay Inslee.
Prior to her appointment Judge Whitener served as a judge on the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and as a pro-tem judge in Pierce County District Court as well as the Tacoma Municipal Court. She had previously worked as a Prosecutor and a Defense Attorney. Judge Whitener is the 2019 recipient of the King County Washington Women Lawyers President Award, the Seattle University School of Law, 2019 Woman of the Year Award and the Pierce County Washington Women Lawyer’s 2018 J-FAB Award. She also was the 2019 keynote speaker at Governor Jay Inslee’s first WA State Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit. Judge Whitener is very active locally, nationally, and internationally and speaks often on human rights, access to justice, and the rights and responsibility of the judiciary in ensuring the rights of all that appear before the court to basic dignity and respect in judicial proceedings. She is Co-chair of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, Co-Chair of the Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) – Equity and Fairness Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of LGBT Judges (IALGBTJ). Judge Whitener is also a member of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and the American Judges Association (AJA). In 2017 she was appointed by the Washington State Supreme Court to the Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee (OCLA). She is a member of the Washington Women Lawyers and is a judicial member of the Advisory Council for the QLaw Association of Washington.