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LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) is a professional, not for profit organization comprised of judges, attorneys, law students, and affiliated legal professionals that relies on the energy of its members to be successful. To this end, the LAGBAC Foundation awards grants to law students attending an accredited law school in Illinois (and in some cases, out of state) who will be working for a qualified public interest organization. The number of LAGBAC Foundation scholarship grants awarded depends on, among other factors, the result of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and the number of qualified applicants.

All scholarship grants will be awarded by the LAGBAC Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation will award scholarship grants to support full-time, summer employment with a qualified public interest organization. Scholarship grant recipients will be required to complete 300-400 hours over a minimum 10 week period. LAGBAC Foundation scholarship grants may be used to supplement other funding received for work above and beyond the required 300 hours; however, you must disclose any other funding sources and preference will be given to students who lack other dedicated funding for summer work.

Student Eligibility:
1. The applicant must be a student attending an accredited Illinois law school;
2. The applicant must commit to complete between 300 and 400 hours over the course of a minimum 10 weeks during the 2018 summer break (roughly June through August); and,
3. First, second, and third year full-time and part-time students are encouraged to apply and are given equal consideration.

Factors Considered:
1. The extent to which the applicant has participated in activities aligned with LAGBAC’s goals and mission;
2. The position obtained by the applicant (or intended position) and the importance of the unmet public legal need to be addressed by applicant;
3. The quality of supervision, including, but not limited to, training, guidance, and learning experience;
4. The applicant’s demonstrated commitment to public service or public interest law; and,
5. The quality of the applicant’s application.

Qualified Organization:
An applicant must, before applying, apply to or secure a position at a qualifying public interest organization in the Chicagoland area that meets the following standards (you will need to turn in a copy of that application along with this application):
1. The proposed organization must utilize the legal skills of the applicant;
2. The applicant will be supervised, preferably by a licensed attorney; and
3. The position must be consistent with LAGBAC's goals and would otherwise be unfunded. Public interest work includes, but is not limited to, legal assistance organizations, private nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private, pro bono projects. The LAGBAC Foundation does not fund employment on political campaigns or with judges.

If you are interested in applying but are uncertain which organization to approach or how to approach them, contact Jeremy Gottschalk at

1. Current resume, highlighting activities in which you have participated that are consistent with LAGBAC’s mission and goals;
2. Personal statement (no more than three single-spaced pages);
3. Response to the following statement (no more than three single-spaced pages): The role that attorneys play in the LGBT rights movement;
4. Letter of recommendation from a practicing attorney or law school professor/administrator;
5. Either: (a) A letter from a representative at a qualified organization where applicant has obtained summer employment or (b) a copy of your application to the qualified organization where you intend to work; and,
6. Applicant must be a member of LAGBAC and may be asked to participate in a brief interview.

At the end of the summer, the applicant and the qualified organization will be responsible for jointly preparing a brief report summarizing the experience. The applicant will also be responsible for volunteering at least one LAGBAC Foundation or LAGBAC-sponsored networking, community service, or educational event.

The application must be received by email to no later than the close of business Friday, April 26, 2019. The scholarship grants will be awarded shortly thereafter and the winner will be recognized at Lawyers for Diversity on August 1, 2019, in Chicago – Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Questions concerning the application and the potential eligibility of students and/or organizations should be directed to Jeremy H. Gottschalk at
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
To apply, please submit the following information to the AIJ Scholarship Committee:

• A current resume;
• Your law school transcript;
• A personal statement addressing your experience as an LGBTQ person, your commitment, as well as, your contributions to the LGBTQ community, and your financial need.

Materials should be sent as attachments in an email to:
The subject line should state, “AIJ Scholarship Committee.”

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2019.

The AIJ scholarships will be awarded at the AIJ Annual Meeting in June.

Please contact Judge Mary Colleen Roberts at with any questions.
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
Please join LAGBAC's Mentorship Committee for an evening at the Lyric Opera on Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 7PM! We will be enjoying 'West Side Story' with a reception afterwards at a location to be determined. Group rated tickets in the Upper Balcony are $15 for LAGBAC Members. If anyone is interested in joining us, but would like to purchase different seats, please visit and use the promo code 'LAGBAC' to recieve 20% off at the checkout!
This event is graciously co-sponsored by BMO Harris. BMO Harris has received a perfect score on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the nation’s premier benchmarking report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) foundation. The 2019 CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including nondiscrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and engagement with the LGTBQ community.
LAGBAC and BMO Harris are excited to partner on the upcoming ‘West Side Story’ event and looking forward to making new connections across professions! Please purchase your tickets by Friday May 3, 2019! Hope to see you there!
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
You are invited to attend LAGBAC's “Meet the Bar” on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. “Meet the Bar” is LAGBAC’s regular networking event at Sidetrack, located at 3349 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60657. _______________________________________________________ “Meet the Bar” provides a chance for LAGBAC members to meet and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. This month we will be joined by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association who are graciously co-sponsoring the event with the Law Offices of Anne Schmidt and JPB Medical Marketing Solutions!
LAGBAC memberships can be purchased at “Meet the Bar” or by visiting _______________________________________________________
• Sustaining members get 3 free drink tickets
• Regular members get 2 free drink tickets
• Purchase 2 additional drink tickets for $10 for guests

Hope to see you there!
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago) is with Ross McWethy and 3 others.
LAGBAC, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association, successfully completed a series of three “Meet The Bench” Mentor/Mentee Events. Thank you Justice Michael B. Hyman for a very informative talk on the Illinois Appellate Courts!
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)
LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago)LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago) is attending an event at The Standard Club.
LAGBAC honored Judge Mary Trew today with the 2019 Vanguard Award for her service to the LGBTQ+ legal community as President of the Alliance of Illinois Judges and for her commitment to public service. Congratulations Judge Trew!