International Association of LGBT Judges
Welcome from the President
Welcome to the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges’ website. Bienvenido. Yōkoso. Herzlich willkommen. Bienvenue. Ahlan wa sahlan. Huanying guanglin. Benvenuto. Baruch haba. Dobro pozhalovat’. Bem vinda.
Last month, I traveled to New York City for the 25th anniversary of Debbie Batts’ confirmation as the first openly LGBTQ federal judge. One of the most remarkable aspects of Debbie’s trailblazing career is that she was the only openly LGBTQ federal judge for 17 years, until Paul Oetken was confirmed as a federal judge in 2011. That is an incredibly long time to feel the weight of being the only role model for an entire community at the federal level.
I first heard that there was an out federal judge in 1995, when I was a 1L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The first time I actually met Debbie was at her 25th anniversary celebration. She could not have been more kind. She is an incredibly warm and funny person. It was also remarkable to see her in the company of three other LGBTQ federal judges. I am sure that she enjoys the camaraderie of serving with other LGBT judges.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia at our 26th Annual Conference and Meeting.