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.

As we kick off 2019, we have much to celebrate.

New Year, New Name

First, I’m pleased to announce that we have a new name – the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges. At the August 2018 Annual Meeting, Association members overwhelmingly approved this change to ensure that all our current and prospective members are fully seen and included. In the coming months, you will see our new name appear throughout this site.

Also, as we prepare to celebrate our 26th anniversary this summer, we are continuing to add content to this website and value to your membership. Be sure to visit regularly for news updates, information about our August 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia, judicial education resources and more. As a member, you can also take advantage of our online Member Directory and other exclusive features in our Member Center. Have something to share with your colleagues? Please let me know.

Membership Matters

Now that the new year is here, it’s time to renew your Association membership. And if you’re not already a member, I hope you will considering joining our Association. As always, annual membership is just US $50. You can renew by clicking here, or join by clicking here.

Although there are many benefits of membership, I have found the personal connections with other judges to be the most valuable benefit. As judges, we have a unique role in our legal system, and it is great to be able to tap into the deep reservoir of experience of other LGBTQ+ judges.

We also greatly benefit by having you as a member because each membership adds to the visibility and strength of our Association. We are proud to have members who include federal judges and justices of several state Supreme Courts from the United States. We also have a small but growing membership of international judges, including judges from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and Japan.

Best wishes for a healthy, peaceful and productive new year. I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia at our Annual Conference and Meeting in August 2019.


Best regards,
Dan Anders

Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia

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