LeGaL provides an opportunity for its members to play an active role in the organization through participation on its committees. If you are interested in joining any of the committees listed below, please carefully review our committee guidelines for information concerning eligibility and the application process.*
*Please note that committee membership is limited to lawyer members of LeGaL who are in good standing.
Family and Matrimonial Law Section
Chair: Anthony M. Lise
Vice Chair: Jonathan Latimer
The Family and Matrimonial Law Section is the first Section for LeGaL and represents an expansion of LeGaL's committee-based structure. The FMLS offers members who practice, or have an interest in, family and matrimonial law a combination of resources, access to events, and discourse uniquely focused on the intersection of family and matrimonial law and the LGBTQ community. FMLS members have exclusive access to an online discussion group--the first-ever forum for LeGaL--in which LGBTQ-client-focused family and matrimonial law practitioners can connect and engage with one another.
In-House Corporate Counsel Committee
Chair: Patrick MacMurray
Forum for counsel serving in-house at corporations. The committee promotes the professional interests of LGBT in-house counsel, conducts events for those interested in in-house counsel opportunities, liaisons with other organizations to foster best practices, and provides opportunities for LGBT in-house counsel to network and share resources.
Chair: Janice Grubin
Vice Chair: Michael Weiner
Oversee LeGaL screening panels that evaluate candidates for judicial office and provide ratings; recruit and select designees to serve on judicial screening panels of other organizations; promote the interests of members of the LGBT community interested in serving within the judiciary; hold events and programs focused on the judiciary; liaison with the judicial community and promote the advancement of judges dedicated to equality and full representation of the LGBT legal community.
Law Student Committee
Chair: Jeff Becherer
Promote the active participation of the law student community in the work of LeGaL. This committee will ensure that LeGaL is engaged with the law student community, enhance interaction with LGBT affinity groups at area law schools, assist with LeGaL programs impacting the law student community and organize networking and social events for LGBT law students while promoting networking and mentoring among law students and practicing attorneys.
Networking and Social Events Committee
Chair: Nicholas Corsano
Organize social and networking events for LeGaL members and, in conjunction with other organizations, promote a sense of community among members while expanding professional and social networks.
Chair: Wesley Powell
Forum for partners in large law firms and with corporate/institutional clients to network and share experiences and ideas; promote LGBT friendly policies within the law firm community; promote recruiting and mentoring of LGBT associates; work to improve the prospects of LGBT lawyers interested in serving on the bench and sponsor events of interest to large law firm community.
Solo and Small Law Firm Practitioners Committee
Chair: Chad Young
Forum for LGBT solo practitioners and attorneys at smaller law firms. The committee promotes the professional interests of such practitioners, identifies ways in which LeGaL can better support the work of such community, provides networking and business development opportunities, conducts forums aimed at assisting those interested in pursuing small law firm or solo practice, and ensures that LeGaL programming is responsive to the needs of the small law firm member/solo practitioner community.
Public Interest Law Committee
Chair: Anthony Perrotto
The Public Interest Law Committee is made up of the LGBT not-for-profit legal services community, governmental attorneys and judges, academics, and attorneys interested in pro bono opportunities and public interest work. The PILC is also working to launch LeGaL's new Leadership Council for law firms and companies to take on innovative pro bono projects. For more information, please contact Anthony Perrotto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: William Lopez
The Diversity Committee is dedicated to working collaboratively toward creating and maintaining diversity within LeGaL; advocating for diversity in the organization's activities and services; inviting and encouraging participation and involvement of individuals with diverse backgrounds, as well as institutions that seek the same; raising awareness of the diversity within the LGBT community through programs and activities; and strengthening the support provided to LeGaL members and the wider LGBT community by promoting inclusiveness, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious, and economic diversity.