Community Outreach Committee
LAGBAC’s Community Outreach Committee offers several ways for our members to engage in the broader Chicago LGBTQ+ community, including workshops, volunteer work and pro bono opportunities. Whether you are a solo practitioner or an attorney at an international law firm, or someone in between, if you have an interest in providing legal, charitable or volunteer services to the community, get in touch – we’d love to have your participation in one of our many opportunities!
CLE Programming Committee
LAGBAC’s Programming and Events Committee plans and coordinates all of our educational and social events. It also develops and organizes LAGBAC’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events, including obtaining MCLE credit for members who attend these events. The committee also partners with other diverse organizations and bar associations to give LAGBAC members access to other opportunities for networking and professional growth. Check out our Calendar of Events to see what’s coming up next.
LAGBAC’s Mentorship Committee exists to provide support to LGBTIQ law students and to promote their professional advancement by facilitating relationships with Chicago-area legal professionals. The Mentorship Committee has developed a formal mentoring program and meets regularly.
LAGBAC’s Diversity Committee focuses issues particularly relevant to making LAGBAC a more diverse and inclusive association. It organizes semi-annual events with other Chicago-area legal, professional and community groups where LAGBAC members can network with other leaders and professionals.
Special Events Committee
This committee plans, organizes and promotes social and networking experiences for LAGBAC members. Each affair provides a meaningful and fun opportunity for law students, attorneys and judges to strengthen their connection to each other and the Chicago legal community. Recurring events include a monthly “Meet the Bar” or “Evening Docket” happy hour, an annual Lawyers for Diversity fundraiser and summer festivities during Pride and Market Days. The Special Events Committee also hosts several “Dinners With” each year, which offer members the chance to have an intimate dinner and conversation with someone of significance to the LGBT legal community. Past “Dinner With” guests of honor have included judges, renowned activists, and plaintiffs and attorneys involved in prominent litigation impacting LGBT civil rights.
Judicial Evaluation Committee
LAGBAC’s Judicial Evaluation Committee collaborates with VoteforJudges.org, a non-partisan group whose sole purpose is to educate the voting public about judicial elections and retention races in Cook County, Illinois. To learn more about judicial races in Illinois and to find judicial evaluations/recommendations from Chicago-area legal, professional and media organizations, go to: www.voteforjudges.org. You can also contact LAGBAC’s JEC members at firstname.lastname@example.org