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LGBT Litigator Committee



Welcome to the ABA Section of Litigation LGBT Litigator Committee.

Our mission is twofold. First, we offer publications and programming to inform our members about cutting-edge litigation and other legal developments affecting the LGBT community. Second, we provide a forum for our members to network and to discuss the unique issues that LGBT litigators face within their law practices. We also work with other ABA groups to support policy statements promoting full equality for LGBT persons.

By joining our committee, you will receive our newsletter, LGBT Litigator, which provides updates and valuable practice tips for law students and lawyers who are LGBT, and their allies. You will also receive periodic emails from the Committee with case notes, information on programs, and networking opportunities. You will also receive advance notice of roundtables and CLE programming sponsored by the Committee. In 2012, we offered programs on same-sex marriage litigation and on litigation surrounding school bullying, including the bullying of LGBT students.

Membership in our committee is open to all members of the Section of Litigation, whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.  We hope that you will join us and that we will see you at an upcoming event.

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Diverse Litigator Speaker's Directory

The Section of Litigation, through the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, seeks to develop a pool of diverse speakers who are

  1. (1) leaders recognized in various areas of practice;
  2. (2)  help to build the business case for diversity;  and
  3. (3) create a resource for all section members seeking to expand their speaking opportunities in their area of practice and for all section committees seeking to include diverse speakers.

The Directory will be available through the Leadership Portal for all section leaders. If you would like to volunteer to be considered as a speaker please sign up by completing the Speaker Information form.


Increased Presence of LGBT Community in Associations

On July 15, 2015, the LGBT Bar Association and the ABA liaisons, including yours truly, held an organizational conference call to help define the mission and goals for the collaboration. Many of the liaisons expressed concern that their respective committees or sections had no formal inclusion of the LGBT community in the diversity plans or formal structure of their committees or sections. Formal inclusion and working to increase LGBT presence in the Section of Litigation is something our Section should be proud of. 


If anyone has a request they would like me to address with the LGBT Bar Association or with the other liaisons, please contact me by email.  Our next conference call is set for September.



Mark Hamby

LGBT Cochair

Call for Contributing Authors

We are seeking authors to contribute to the LGBT Litigator. All types of articles are welcome (such as articles examining the practical considerations of practicing as part of the LGBT community, articles summarizing or exploring the implications of particular governmental policies, laws and regulations, or articles that illustrate a line of cases in regard to a theme). If you would like more information on the guidelines for submissions, guidance in selecting a topic, or the procedures for writing an article for the LGBT Litigator, please contact one of our editors: Nick Kacprowski.

All articles will be considered. We post a new edition of the newsletter quarterly. Please take some time to review some of the recent articles and editions to get a feel for the publication.

Emily Ambrose

LGBT Litigator Editor

Message from the Chairs


As the chairs of the LGBT Litigator Committee we welcome you! We are in our second year of cochairing this committee, and the 2015–2016 year is off to a fantastic start. Our focus this year is on business development and marketing in addition to focusing on those unique issues that impact all of us as LGBT litigators.


In addition, we continue to follow up on all of the major legal victories we have achieved in the LGBT community but we also recognize there is still much more to be done. Our newsletters published this year will concentrate its articles on some of these still difficult legal battles that are ahead of us.


We are hoping as members of the Committee you will want to join us in taking on this responsibility. Join our Committee to see all of the terrific events we have coming up including a possible national Forum in the Spring 2017! Stay tuned for further information!!


The LGBT Litigator Committee is divided into various substantive and administrative subcommittees that are designed to address issues and trends specific to the areas in which our members practice. Currently, the subcommittee structure includes:


  • CLE Programming
  • News Letter
  • Web Editor
  • Membership


We encourage all members to become actively involved in the work of the subcommittees. In order for the committee to be productive, we need to get as many people involved as possible. Please review the list of our subcommittees, and feel free to contact the subcommittee chairs directly if you want to become involved. We are also actively seeking out a member who is interested in becoming a book editor. This is a fantastic way to become actively involved not only in the committee but in the Section! 


Substantive Content and Programming
The LGBT Litigator Committee provides members with timely and thoughtful information and analysis regarding current and emergent issues through the committee's annual review, web page, periodic electronic alerts and other communications, and in-person and Roundtable programming. The newsletter, for example, is a great way for committee members to submit articles for potential publication. In addition, we are seeking proposals for Roundtable programs and members to provide articles, links, cases, and hot tips for publication on the committee's website. 


Many members enjoy the opportunity to network with litigators nationwide through subcommittee work, attendance at the Section Annual Conference and the ABA Annual Meeting and through mentor relationships. We hope to have a social/networking breakfast or lunch meeting at the Section Annual Conference this coming year. Please be on the lookout for more information about the social/networking opportunities. The Section Annual Conference is scheduled for April 13–15, 2016, in Chicago, IL. Please be sure these dates are on your calendar now so you don’t miss out! 

Leadership Opportunities
We are always looking for talented and dedicated members looking to play an important role in the committee’s work through service on a subcommittee. If you are interested in becoming more active in the committee, please email Helen Casale or Mark Hamby with a list of your three preferred positions, in order of preference. 


During the course of the new year, please do not hesitate to contact one of us with ideas about how the committee can meet your individual expectations. We promise to do our best to ensure the 2015–2016 is an exciting and fulfilling year for LGBT Litigator Committee and its members.


Best Regards,

Helen E. Casale and Mark Hamby
Cochairs, LGBT Litigator Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Membership
  • Policy
  • Programming


  • Publications
  • Social

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

Navigant Partners

Nathan Jenks

LGBT Litigator Leadership

Chairs Editors

Helen E. Casale

Norristown, PA

Mark Hamby

Tulsa, OK

Emily Ambrose

Minneapolis, MN

Nick Kacprowski

Honolulu, HI