NALP's Diversity Section serves as the home of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans (LGBTQ) Work Group. We are an inclusive work group that supports all LGBTQ+ people and allies. Following are some resources collected by work group members in past years.
This list includes information on Professional Legal Organizations, Student Affinity Groups, and LGBTQ+ Rights Organizations.
Lavender Law® Career Fair
The LGBTQ+ Bar Association’s Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair takes place annually.
NALP's Non-Binary Resources page links to articles, panel recordings, and guides geared toward normalizing gender fluidity within the legal profession.
LGBTQ+ Recruiting and Hiring
Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Lawyers: Strategies for Employers (Note: This is an online version of a 2008 brochure formerly available from the NALP bookstore.)
Annual Reports on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms
NALP Research on Non-Binary Law School Graduates (NALP Bulletin+, December 2020) — Jobs & JDs: Employment and Salaries of New Graduates — Class of 2019, features an expanded demographics section this year, including the first in-depth analysis of employment and salary outcomes for non-binary law school graduates. This article explores these outcomes in more detail.
LGBT Representation Among Lawyers in 2019 (NALP Bulletin, January 2020)
Find additional research on diversity
- Anti-Trans and Non-Binary Legislation, Part 1: What NALP Members Should
Know (NALP Bulletin+, October 2021) — It is important for us now to
understand the current anti-trans movement in the U.S., and the Task
Force on Supporting Gender Non-Binary Individuals in the Legal
Profession, or Non-Binary Task Force, is contributing two articles on
these issues to the Bulletin+, this piece and another to follow later
this year. In this article, we take a deep dive into this legislative
push and the ideas underlying it. We want to help NALP members stay
informed because until these new laws are defeated, repealed and/or
challenged successfully, and until this propaganda push ends, many of
us, our constituents, and our loved ones will be facing constant
challenges to our identities.
- Anti-Trans and Non-Binary Legislation, Part 2: Language and Its Meaning (NALP Bulletin+, June 2022) — Key facts that NALP members should know about recent anti-trans and non-binary legislation across the United States.
- Pronouns Aren’t Preferred (NALP Bulletin+, February 2022) — This article focuses on gender identity and personal pronouns and originated from members of NALP’s Task Force on Supporting Gender Non-Binary Individuals in the Legal Profession and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Section.
- Mx. Is Not a Mistake (NALP Bulletin+, December 2021) — Merriam-Webster describes Mx. as a “gender-neutral title of courtesy.” The title is used by people who want to use a gender-neutral title or who do not want their gender revealed in their title. It is also used by people who identify as gender non-binary. (Authors’ note: This article is focused on exploring using Mx.as an honorific for employers in the recruiting process. It is not focused on individuals who use Mx. as an honorific themselves and best practices for supporting students, candidates and employees who use Mx. There is not consensus on whether the term is appropriate to use as a gender-inclusive catch-all or if it should be used only as an exclusive non-binary honorific.)
- Updating Your Policies to Protect LBGTQ Employees and Applicants (NALP Bulletin+, November 2020) — Title VII now protects LGBTQ employees and job applicants. Employers cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Organizations must update non-discrimination policies or statements.
- NALP at 50: Leading the Legal Profession Forward on LGBTQ+ Rights (NALP Bulletin+, October 2020) — Examining the impact of NALP’s efforts to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion for LGBTQ+ lawyers and law students.
- They/Them/Their: We Contain Multitudes (NALP Bulletin, February 2020) — It may take some thought, and some practice, but it should roll off our tongues as naturally as he or she.
Supreme Court Cases on LGBTQ Protections (presented March 2020) — During 2019, the
US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the cases of Altitude Express,
Inc. v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton County, GA and Harris Funeral Homes
v. EEOC. All these cases have as their central issue whether or not
protections under Title VII should be extended to LGBTQ employees. The
Court’s decisions are expected sometime in mid-2020. This webinar
discusses how the Court's decisions could affect law firms and law
schools, by making it critical to ensure that language identifying
"sexual orientation, gender identity and expression" as protected groups
is included in their non-discrimination policies.
Solomon Amendment Information
Visit this page for historical information and updates on the Solomon Amendment.