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.
The purposes of Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ("LAGBAC") are as follows: (1) to promote the professional development and advancement of gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender legal professionals, including practicing lawyers, non-practicing lawyers, judges, law educators, government officials, and law students; (2) to provide a supportive environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and information of importance to the gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender professional community; and (3) to advance the elimination of discrimination based upon actual or perceived homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender, transsexuality, gender-related identity, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, or military status in the community at large through educational initiatives, training programs, and collaboration with organizations committed to the same. For more information, see LAGBAC's Bylaws.