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.

Thanks for stopping by. This site offers helpful information and resources about our Association, including links to judicial officers across the world, preliminary information about our August 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC, and judicial education materials. Our members-only Member Center provides access to our membership directory, all of our newsletters, photos from prior events, and other special content for our members. Take a look around, and let us know if you have any comments or questions.

August 2019

After months of planning, I am happy to report that our 26th Annual Meeting and Conference was a complete success. A record 53 judges participated in some part of the three days we were in Philadelphia.

We also had a record 163 paid members as of the Annual Meeting. Thank you to all who responded to my email solicitations. As you know, our only source of income is from membership dues, so I truly appreciate your support. Our increased budget will enable us to expand our programs and visibility.

At the Annual Meeting, I was elected to a third and final year as your president. I look forward to another year of growth and increased visibility of our Association. I am so grateful to Linda Colfax (CA) for her service as vice president for the last two years, as well as chair of the education committee. Linda, all of your efforts paid off in amazing programming, including the Judicial Education Institute.

I look forward to serving another year with Mark Scurti (MD) (treasurer) and Christopher Bowen (CA) (secretary). I welcome our newest officer Tara Flanagan (CA) (vice president), who did a great job as co-chair of our membership committee. Finally, I’d like to thank Harvey Silberman (CA) for his many years of board service, and welcome Mike Jacobs (GA) as our newest board member.

At the conference, we discussed several new projects for the next year, including a Facebook page where members of the public can learn about our Association, and establishing a judicial education outreach workgroup to broaden our judicial education efforts. Please contact me directly with any ideas you want to work on in the coming year.


Best regards,
Dan Anders

Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia

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