GLBT Section

NALP has a longstanding commitment to be an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and in our membership. The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Section (formerly the LGBT Section) is for NALP members with an interest in issues concerning LGBT law students and lawyers, and law schools and legal employers.

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2014-15 Section Chair: Jennifer Dekker, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP , jennifer.dekker@weil.com

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning/Hot Topics
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2015 Annual Education Conference as well as the Annual Diversity Summit. Also, brainstorm about topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the use of NALP Connect, Bulletin Articles, and webinars, to educate members about current topics, particularly those dealing with gender identity and expression. Strive to develop conference program proposals that will be appealing to mid-career professionals (both on the career services side and the employer side) with 4-6 years of experience. Vice Chair: TBD.

National LGBT Bar Association Annual Career Fair & Conference Collaboration
Work with NALP’s liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association to facilitate NALP’s collaboration and participation in the NLGBTBA Annual Career Fair and Conference. Vice Chair: TBD.

LGBT Data Reporting
Promote accurate reporting of SOGIE statistics across legal profession. Compare last year’s outcomes of NALP Form LGBT Data reporting to the outcomes in the Directory of Legal Employers (employer compliance). Continue outreach to law school members and encourage collection and reporting of SOGIE student information in the NDLS. Monitor effects of including SOGIE status as part of the annual Law School Graduate Employment Report and Salary Survey (ERSS). Review data for employment and salary patterns. Vice Chair: TBD.

Gender Identity and Expression Issues
Create a resource guide for NALP members with websites, best practices and FAQs on gender identity and expression issues. Include, if possible, examples of Gender Transition policies, benefits, and resources for law schools counseling dealing with gender identity and expression issues. Deliver a webinar on gender identity and expression topics. Consider RFPs for Annual Conference or ideas for Diversity Summit on gender identity and expression topics. Vice Chair: TBD.


2013-14 Section Chair: Mark Goldfarb, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, mgoldfar@yu.edu

April 2014 Board Report (PDF)

February 2014 Board Report (PDF)

November 2013 Board Report (PDF)

July 2013 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning/Hot Topics
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2014 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the use of NALP Connect, Bulletin Articles, and webinars, to educate members about current topics (e.g. The US Supreme Court is expected to rule in two marriage cases this June. This working group will follow the outcomes in these cases and will educate members on the implications for policies and benefits of member institutions.)
Vice Chairs: Mary Nienaber, Capital University Law School and Chris Teague, Boston College Law School

National LGBT Bar Association Annual Career Fair & Conference Collaboration
Work with NALP’s liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association to facilitate NALP’s collaboration and participation in the NLGBTBA Annual Career Fair and Conference.
Vice Chairs: Jennifer Dekker, DLA Piper and Erin Wright, Roger Williams School of Law

LGBT Data Reporting
Promote accurate reporting of LGBT statistics across legal profession. Compare last year’s outcomes of NALP Form LGBT Data reporting to the outcomes in the Directory of Legal Employers (employer compliance). Continue outreach to law school members and encourage collection and reporting of LGBT student information in the NDLS.
Vice Chair: Gary McGinnis, University of Michigan Law School

Transgender Issues
Create a resource guide for NALP members with websites, best practices and FAQs on transgender issues. Include, if possible, examples of Gender Transition policies, benefits, and resources for law schools counseling transgender students in their job searches. Work with the Diversity Section to incorporate resources on transgender issues into Best Practice Guides for Diversity. Deliver a webinar on transgender topics. Consider RFPs for Annual Conference or ideas for Diversity Summit on Transgender topics.
Vice Chair: Erin Wright, Roger Williams School of Law

Web and NALPconnect Resources
Identify topical resources to supplement the website and the Group page on NALPconnect.
Vice Chair: Jaclyn Vargo, Brooklyn Law School

Adding LGBT Status to ERSS
NALP proposes collecting LGBT status as part of the annual Law School Graduate Employment Report and Salary Survey (ERSS) in order to track LGBT employment and salary patterns. The Section is asked to conduct outreach with members (e.g. RRC etc) to discover if there is any reason not to make this change and collect LGBT status as part of ERSS.


2012-2013 Section Chair: Erin Wright, Roger Williams School of Law, ewright@rwu.edu

April 2013 Board Report (PDF)

February 2013 Board Report (PDF)

November 2012 Board Report (PDF)

July 2012 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2013 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Work Group Leader: Chris Teague, Suffolk University School of Law

National LGBT Bar Association Annual Career Fair & Conference Collaboration
Work with NALP’s liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association to facilitate NALP’s collaboration and participation in the NLGBTBA Annual Career Fair and Conference. Vice Chairs: Andrew Chapin, Fordham University Law School, Valerie Jackson, K&L Gates LLP, Lori Lorenzo, University of Miami School of Law, and Chris Teague, Suffolk University School of Law

LGBT Data Reporting
Promote accurate reporting of LGBT statistics across legal profession. Compare last year’s outcomes of NALP Form LGBT Data reporting to the outcomes in the Directory of Legal Employers (employer compliance). Continue outreach to law school members and encourage collection and reporting of LGBT student information (law school compliance) Vice Chairs: Tom Grewe, Bryan Cave LLP and Lori Lorenzo, University of Miami School of Law.

Web Resources Update Work Group
Review and update NALP’s website for LGBT content including links to national and local bar associations for LGBT attorneys and law students. Vice Chair: Sara Dana, Boston University Law School and Mark Goldfarb, Cardozo Law School

NALPconnect Workgroup
Introduce social media to section. Develop and update materials to be posted on the home page. Vice Chair: Shawn McKenna, University of North Carolina School of Law


2011-2012 Section Chair: Christopher Teague, Suffolk University Law School, cteague@suffolk.edu

April 2012 Board Report (PDF)

February 2012 Board Report (PDF)

November 2011 Board Report (PDF)

July 2011 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups
:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2012 Annual Education Conference in Austin, Texas and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Work Group Leader: Christopher Teague, Suffolk University Law School.

National LGBT Law Association Annual Career Fair & Conference Collaboration
Work with NALP’s liaison to the National LGBT Law Association to facilitate NALP’s collaboration and participation in the NLGBTLA Annual Career Fair and Conference. Vice Chairs: Andrew Chapin, Fordham University Law School, Valerie Jackson, K&L Gates LLP and Erin Wright, Roger Williams School of Law.

LGBT Data Reporting
Promote accurate reporting of LGBT statistics across legal profession. Compare last year’s outcomes of NALP Form LGBT Data reporting to the outcomes in the Directory of Legal Employers (employer compliance). Continue outreach to law school members and encourage collection and reporting of LGBT student information (law school compliance) Vice Chairs: Andrew Chapin, Fordham University Law School (employer compliance) and Tom Schoenherr, Fordham University Law School (law school compliance).

Mentor Program
Continue expansion of mentorship program to foster the professional development of LGBT law students and recent law graduates; assist mentees in navigating unique issues that members of the LGBT community may confront during law school and at the beginning of their legal careers; and enhance the skills and career prospects of participants. Vice Chairs: Jeff Becherer, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Marc Goldfarb, University of Iowa College of Law.

Web Resources Update Work Group
Review and update NALP’s website for LGBT content including links to national and local bar associations for LGBT attorneys and law students. Vice Chair: Shawn McKenna, University of North Carolina School of Law.

On-Line Community/Social Media Effort
Work with NALP staff and Social Media Work Group as they explore various social media platforms. Possibly develop an on-line community. Vice Chair: TBD

Track Programming
Identify and compile LGBT resources that are designed to help members new to the section. Resources should include “best of” sessions from the 2010/2011 NALP educational programming (Annual Conference, Diversity Summit, the Lawyer Professional Development Program, Newer Professional Forum, Professional Development Institute, and PSLawNet Mini Conference), as well as NALP and NALP Foundation webinars. Vice Chair: TBD


2010-2011 Section Chair: Jeff Becherer, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, becherer@yu.edu

April 2011 Board Report (PDF)

February 2011 Board Report (PDF)

November 2010 Board Report (PDF)

July 2010 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

National LGBT Law Association Annual Career Fair & Conference Collaboration
Work with NALP’s liaison to the National LGBT Law Association to facilitate NALP’s collaboration and participation in the NLGBTLA Annual Career Fair and Conference. Vice-Chairs: Skip Horne, University of San Diego School of Law

NALP Form GLBT Data Reporting
Compare last year’s outcomes of NALP Form GLBT Data reporting to the outcomes in the Directory of Legal Employers. Vice-Chair: Andrew Chapin, Fordham University Law School

Web Resources Update Work Group
Review and update NALP’s website biannually for GLBT content including links to national and local bar associations for GLBT attorneys and law students. Vice-Chair: Chris Teague, Suffolk University Law School & Shawn McKenna, North Carolina Central School of Law

On-Line Community/Social Media Effort
Work with NALP staff as they explore various social media platforms, and possibly serve as a pilot Section to develop an on-line community. Vice Chair: TBD


2009-2010 Section Chair: Joel Chanvisanuruk, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Joel.Chanvisanuruk@uc.edu

April 2010 Board Report (PDF)

February 2010 Board Report (PDF)

November 2009 Board Report (PDF)

July 2009 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

National LGBT Law Association Annual Career Fair & Conference Collaboration
Work with NALP's liaison to the National LGBT Law Association to facilitate NALP's collaboration and participation in the NLGBTLA Annual Career Fair and Conference. Vice-Chairs: Sandee Magliozzi, Santa Clara University School of Law & Eric Stern (career counseling project), University of California Berkeley School of Law

NALP Form GLBT Data Reporting
Compare last year's outcomes of NALP Form GLBT Data reporting to the outcomes in the 2009-2010 NALP Directory of Legal Employers. Vice-Chair: Andrew Chapin, Fordham University Law School

Web Resources Update Work Group
Review and update NALP's website for GLBT content including links to national and local bar associations for GLBT attorneys and law students. Vice-Chair: Joel Chanvisanuruk, Washington and Lee University School of Law


2008-09 Section Chair: Andrew Chapin, Fordham University Law School, achapin@law.fordham.edu

 

2007-08 Section Chair: Carlos Dávila-Caballero, Tulane Law School, cdavila@tulane.edu

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