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Groundbreaking Report on LGBT Inequality in the California Courts

The following Press Release is shared: California, July 15, 2015 – Despite recent success at the Supreme Court, numerous challenges to LGBT equality remain.  Among the remaining frontiers for full LGBT equality is equal representation in the state & federal judiciary.  It is both ironic and sad...

WRITING COMPETITION OPENS

The Association is proud to announce that our writing competition for this year has been posted by the National LGBT Bar Association, along with the list of the winners of the first two years of the competition. Law students are encouraged to enter. Requirements include: TOPIC: Diversity...

President’s Award to Weathers Among Annual Meeting Highlights

For his years of dedicated service as Treasurer and countless other contributions, Judge Theodore M. Weathers (Superior Court of California, San Diego County) has been honored with the International Association of LGBT Judges President's Award. President D. Zeke Zeidler (CA) presented the award to Judge Weathers...

Trial Judges Who Ruled on Same-Sex Marriages

In an article published May 27, 2014 in the Washington Post, “From a diverse group of judges, a unanimous opinion on same-sex marriage,” reporter Robert Barnes examined the judges who, as of that date, had ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right....

Elaine D. Kaplan Confirmed to Serve on Federal Court of Claims

 September 17th, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Elaine D. Kaplan, Esquire,  General Counsel and Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management, to serve on the Federal Court of Claims.  According to the Washington Blade, Kaplan “will become the second...

McShane and Quiñones Join Federal Bench

June 13th, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Nitza Quiñones Alejandro  to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  On the date of confirmation, The Washington Blade reported “A Puerto Rico native, Quiñones breaks...

Writing Competition Deadline is May 17th

As we count down to the 20th Anniversary of our first Annual General Membership Meeting, the Association , in partnership with the National LGBT Bar Associates (celebrating Lavender Law's 25th Anniversary),  is sponsoring the second year of our Writing Competition.  Here are the requirements: TOPIC: Diversity...

Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland Takes Oath

Following a long and difficult path to confirmation, the Honorable Tracy Thorne-Begland took the oath of office on March 1st. His appointment to a six-year term on the Richmond General District Court was confirmed January 14th by the Virginia House of Delegates and a day later...