The National LGBT Bar Association’s LEAD Academy
Training LGBTQ+ and ally law students on Legal Equality And Diversity
This new academy is designed to provide engaged LGBTQ+ and ally law students with the tools they need to create change in and through the legal profession. The LEAD Academy consists of three main components:
- An overview of LGBTQ+ history;
- The legal developments in the ongoing LGBTQ+ rights movement;
- How to implement a commitment to LGBTQ+ equality in a legal career at a solo, small/medium, or large firm, as in-house counsel, in a government position, or in impact litigation.
This Academy is designed to get you up to speed with the legal framework of the LGBTQ+ movement so you are prepared to be an advocate after leaving law school – no matter what area of law you practice or where you practice law!
Build lasting connections with other students and with experienced legal professionals, gain the knowledge you need to make a difference, and prepare to lead the next generation of LGBTQ+ legal advocates!
The 2020 LEAD Academy will be held on August 11, 2020. Faculty and agenda for 2020 will be announced in the summer.
To register for the LEAD Academy, fill out the application at the bottom of this page.
Applications will close on July 15, 2020. Space is limited; applications received by June 1, 2020 will be given priority.
2019 LEAD Academy Faculty
Leonore F. Carpenter (Temple University Beasley School of Law)
Prior to joining the Temple Law faculty on a full-time basis, Professor Carpenter served as Legal Director at Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, a public interest agency that provides direct legal services, education, and policy reform advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians. Professor Carpenter also acted as an adjunct clinical instructor to Temple Law students in an LGBT-rights clinical course that she designed. Professor Carpenter began her employment at Equality Advocates Pennsylvania as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, working with victims of hate crime and domestic violence. Professor Carpenter is a graduate of Temple Law, where she received the Beth Cross Award for commitment to underserved populations. Following graduation from law school, Professor Carpenter completed a clerkship with the Honorable Harold B. Wells, III of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.