LAGBAC is one of the largest and most well-respected LGBT bar organizations in the country. Its members include lawyers, judges and other elected officials, law students, and other legal professionals. Since 1987, LAGBAC has united and strengthened the LGBT legal community by:
- providing its members vast social and networking opportunities;
- presenting hundreds of hours-worth of continuing legal education;
- granting scholarships to law students;
- working with Lambda Legal, the Public Interest Law Initiative, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and other organizations, to connect students with internships in their areas of interest;
- offering mentoring to students and young lawyers; and,
- evaluating candidates for judicial office as a member of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening.
Cecilia A. Horan – LAGBAC President
Cecilia Horan was appointed as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County on January 19, 2017, by the Illinois Supreme Court. She is presently assigned to the First Municipal Division where she hears cases involving contract disputes, the rights of landlords and tenants, debtors and creditors, and traffic matters. She has been found “qualified” or “recommended” to serve as a judge by all twelve reviewing bar organizations.
Prior to her judicial service, Judge Horan was a litigation partner at the 500-attorney law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she practiced for 20 years. Her law practice involved the defense of individuals and businesses in high-exposure and complex personal injury lawsuits. She has handled cases in courthouses throughout Illinois and in various other states, however, her main practice was in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she tried several cases to verdict.
She was actively involved in firm culture: she was a co-chair of her firm’s mentoring committee in the Chicago office, a co-founder of her firm’s LGBT affinity group, and she assisted her firm in achieving a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index from 2010 through 2017. She has organized and presented numerous continuing legal education programs on topics ranging from litigation strategy to the state of the law affecting women and minorities.
Judge Horan is a life-long Chicago resident and lives in the Andersonville neighborhood where she is on the board of directors of her neighborhood organization, West Edgewater Area Residents (WEAR). WEAR addresses neighborhood issues such as housing density, green space, parking restrictions, new development within the WEAR boundaries, and maintains the beautiful and award-winning WEAR garden.
Judge Horan has been a member of the LAGBAC board of directors since 2010, on the executive board since 2013, and has serves as president since 2016.