The National LGBT Bar’s Law Student Congress is the only national LGBTQ+ law student organization in the nation. It is involved in organizing the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair and administering the annual Michael Greenberg Writing Competition and Student Leadership Award. The Law Student Congress promotes regional and national interaction between LGBTQ+ law students and lawyers and helps LGBTQ+ students build contacts within the profession. It also engages in activism of concern to law students.
The Law Student Congress is led by an Executive Board, with two Co-Chairs (who shall be either 2L or 3L law students), a Secretary (who shall be either a 1L or a 2L law student), and a number of at-large Board Members which may range from 4-8 (At-Large members may be either 1L, 2L or 3L law students). All Executive Board members shall be active law student members of the National LGBT Bar Association. The Executive Board sets the agenda for the Law Student Congress, in conjunction with and with the support of the Chief Program Officer of the National LGBT Bar.
The Executive Board meets on a monthly basis from August through June. The Co-Chairs shall call an annual meeting of the Congress, to be held in person during the National LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, and at least one mid-year meeting per year, to be held via teleconference or video conference. All law student members of the National LGBT Bar and all members of Law School Affiliate groups are eligible to attend such meetings. Any Law School Affiliate chair or any active law student member of the National LGBT Bar may contact the Co-Chairs or the Secretary to request a special meeting.
The Law Student Congress meets several times a year, including at least one in-person meeting at the annual LGBT Bar Lavender Law® Conference in the summer and at least two additional phone meetings over the course of the year. Regional Chairs are expected to attend these meetings; all other student members of the National LGBT Bar Association are members of the Law Student Congress and may participate in these meetings.
For more information about the Student Congress, please contact Co-Chairs Emily Hansbarger and Mari Nemec.
Law Student Congress Board
Co-ChairGeorge Mason University Law School
Co-ChairUniversity of Arizona College of Law
At-Large MemberRutgers Law School
At-Large MemberSanta Clara University School of Law
At-Large MemberGonzaga University School of Law
At-Large MemberFordham University School of Law
At-Large MemberUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Law
At-Large MemberUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas School of Law
At-Large MemberUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School
At-Large MemberUniversity of Wyoming College of Law
At-Large MemberLewis & Clark Law School