The National LGBT Bar Association boasts the largest group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law students in the country. As such, the LGBT Bar is a tremendous resource for law students. The LGBT Bar, along with its law student division, the Law Student Congress, seeks to connect LGBT students and student organizations around the country. The LGBT Bar offers an online community platform that allows law students to interact not only with other law students from across the country, but also lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations. Law student members of the bar also get special discounts, including reduced rates for the annual Lavender Law Conference.
Each year, the Lavender Law® Career Fair draws over 500 law students from around the country. The event allows students to interview and connect with top law firms and corporate legal departments as well as government and non-profit agencies. Additionally, law student attendees are invited to participate in three award competitions designed to recognize the next generation of LGBT legal professionals. Awards geared specifically toward law students are the:
- Student Leadership Award
- Michael Greenberg Writing Competition
- International Association of LGBT Judges’ Writing Competition
Law student members of the LGBT Bar also have the chance to prove their leadership skills by becoming one of the 12 regional chairs in the organization’s Law Student Congress. If you are interested in getting involved with the Law Student Congress, please email us at email@example.com.
The “Gay Blood Ban”
The National LGBT Bar Association’s Law Student Congress is currently working on a coordinated campaign to end the “Gay Blood Ban.” Law student members of the LGBT Bar are working with LGBT organizations on law school campuses to raise awareness against the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current policy which prohibits blood donations from “men who have had sex with men” or “individuals who have had sex with a man who has sex with men in the last twelve months.” By facilitating advocacy, the LGBT Bar and the Law Student Congress hope to bring about a change in the FDA’s policy and persuade it to adopt a risk-based analysis determined by donor behavior instead of sexual orientation.