LGBT Groups and Projects at the ABA

LGBT Groups and Projects at the ABA

Alternative Families Committee
One of two committees of the Section of Family Law with relevance to LGBT people, this committee's work focuses on legal research, education, and policy work relating to cohabitation agreements, step-parenting, and protecting the rights of blended families.

ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
The SOGI Commission's mission is to secure for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persions full and equal access to and participation in the ABA, in the legal profession, and in the justice system.  Commissioners are appointed by the ABA President, but ABA entities and outside organizations are welcome to appoint liaisons to the SOGI Commission.

Commission on Law & Aging
In Bar Year 2008 - 2009, the Commission has given a $10K partnership in Law & Aging Grant to Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to develop programs and materials for elderly LGBT individuals.  More information is available at
http://www.abanet.org/aging/pdfs/2008_2009_Winners_Information.pdf.

Diversity Law Committee
At the 2009 Midyear Meeting, the Section of State & Local Government Law approved the creation of this committee to address substantive law aspects of diversity.  Many laws and affecting LGBT individuals, including those relating to marriage, adoption, and anti-discrimination, are being made at the state and local levels.  Thus, the committee was created.

IRR Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
The oldest LGBT group at the ABA (in recorded existence since 1977).  It is part of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and has researched and presented most of the policies the ABA has adopted regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Legal Services for LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence
A partnership between the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Commission on Domestic Violence, Criminal Justice Section, and the Youth at Risk Commission, the project has developed educational resources and training materials for attorneys providing legal services to LGBT victims of domestic violence.

LGBT Litigator Committee
Its mission is to help educate the Section of Litigation on issues of concern to LGBT litigators and to provide resources, including educational and networking opportunities to litigators concerned with issues relating to LGBT people.

Opening Doors Project: LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
A project of the
ABA Center on Children and the Law , it aims to increase the legal community's awareness of LGBTQ youth in foster care and the unique issues they face, and provide the legal community with advocacy tools to successfully represent these youth.

Reproductive & Genetic Technologies Committee
This committee of
Section of Family Law studies and reports on the legal and ethical ramifications of advances in the technology of assisted reproduction.

Section of Torts, Trial, and Insurance Practice
The section's  Committee on Diversity in the Profession includes a Sexual Orientation Subcommittee.  Every quarter, the Committee produces a newsletter that focuses on a particular group of diverse attorneys.  The July issue is dedicated to LGBT issues, and the most recent edition can be found here .

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Network (GIN)
Complimenting the Section of International Law 's Women's Interest Network (WIN), Young Lawyers' Interest Network (YIN), and Senior Lawyers' Network (SIN), GIN will put an international focus on LGBT communities, and create networking events in conjunction with the Section's other interest networks.

Subcommittee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Involvement
The Section of Business Law 's Diversity Committee, promotes diversity of membership and topics impacting LGBT communities within the Section of Business Law.

National LGBT Bar Association
The National LGBT Bar Association, formerly known as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA), is an affiliate of the ABA with a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.  It is a membership-based organization of  lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliate lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations.