The LGBT BAR ASSOCIATION  
of Los Angeles 


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join LGBT Bar LA or renew my membership?

LGBT Bar LA has a convenient way to join. Just click here to reach our online membership center and follow the prompts.

How much does membership cost?

LGBT Bar LA strives to keep membership dues affordable and has a progressive, income-based dues structure. Our current annual membership and renewal rates are:

• Law Students/New Attorney..............................................Free
• Non-attorney affiliates......................................................$30
• Lawyer (income $35,000-$75,000).....................................$40
• Attorney (income $75,001 and up).....................................$100
• Supporting member.........................................................$150
• Lifetime member (no annual dues)....................................$1,000

How can I renew my membership?

click on our online membership center and follow the prompts.

I am an LGBT Bar LA member—how can I become more involved in LGBT Bar LA?

Attend any of LGBT Bar LA's events and ask an LGBT Bar LA officer or member of the Board of Governors about joining any of LGBT Bar LA's active committees. Members can join any one of the following standing committees: Amicus, Annual Dinner, Charitable, Communications, Judicial/Elective Office, Law Students, MCLE, Membership, Networking/Social, Program, Public Sector, Small and Solo Practice, and Women. You can also join a committee by attending any of the monthly Board of Governors’ meetings announced to all members and indicating your interest or by indicating committee interest when you sign up or renew membership. The Board meets mid-town on the second Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all members receive Board meeting notices.

Does LGBT Bar LA restrict membership to attorneys and law students?

Membership in LGBT Bar LA is open to attorneys and law students, as well as paralegals and others working in the legal profession. LGBT Bar LA's by-laws state that members of the California State Bar, judges, law school faculty, and members of the District of Columbia and other State bars are eligible for voting membership. However, historically the LGBT Bar LA Board of Governors has offered membership to anyone working in the legal profession under the by-law that provides for honorary members as well as law student members.

What is LGBT Bar LA and how is it organized?

LGBT Bar LA is an all-volunteer, nonprofit mutual benefit corporation that operates as a bar association in the County of Los Angeles. It is an affiliate of the National LGBT Bar Association and the Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California. It works to advance the interests of the LGBT community, offering a LGBT leadership voice within the legal community and improving the lives of LGBT legal professionals. It provides to its members the services bar associations often provide their members: continuing legal education, professional networking, discounts on a broad range of events, judicial endorsements, and practice aids in order to help meet the professional needs of its members. LGBT Bar LA's mission is to provide a strong leadership presence for LGBT persons in the legal profession and community at large though education, legal advocacy and participation in non-partisan political and civic activities, and social events.

LGBT Bar LA has an officer structure consisting of a male and female co-President and male and female co-President elect for gender parity, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The LGBT Bar LA's Board of Governors includes these officers and Board members who meet on a monthly basis. LGBT Bar LA also has standing committees, each headed by a member of the Board. From time to time the Board authorizes ad hoc committees and task forces to address various issues and projects of import.

Can LGBT Bar LA help me get a job?

LGBT Bar LA does not have the paid staff necessary to maintain a job referral service. However, LGBT Bar LA's membership database is open to the public through the online membership center link under the tab, “How to Join,” to the extent LGBT Bar LA members choose to make public information on their practices. LGBT Bar LA members have broader access to the LGBT Bar LA database, consistent with the privacy options exercised by members according to their personal choice. Job inquiries can be sent to individual members and firms.

I need a LGBT lawyer to represent me. Can LGBT Bar LA help?

LGBT Bar LA is not a certified attorney referral service and, therefore, cannot refer you to an attorney. Other organizations, may offer some help in this regard. One such organization is the L.A. LGBT Center, which has a Legal Services Department that offers a variety of services, including a legal clinic for one-on-one consultations in specified legal areas for no or low cost and a State Bar-certified attorney referral services that makes referrals for a small processing fee.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association has a State Bar-certified Lawyer Referral and Information Service providing attorney referrals in a wide range of legal fields. See www.smartlaw.org or call (213) 243-1525.

Also, some LGLA members have chosen to make their practice areas and contact information public. You may search for one of these attorneys practicing in given fields through our online membership center under the tab, “How to Join.” LGLA’s members who have practices accepting clients are private attorneys with no obligation to accept the representation of potential clients who contact them, but rather they have the right to decline representation after reviewing the matter. If you choose to find an LGBT lawyer through LGLA’s database, LGLA makes no representation about the type of lawyer you may need, the fees the lawyer will charge, the skill level of a given lawyer, whether a lawyer will provide advice or representation, or the outcome of any case or matter in which you engage the lawyer.

I need legal advice for no or low cost. Can LGBT Bar LA help?

LGBT Bar LA is not a certified attorney referral service and, therefore, cannot refer you to an attorney. LGBT Bar LA refers such inquiries to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, which has a Legal Services Department that runs a legal clinic for one-on-one consultations in specified legal areas for no or low cost. For low income clients, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles offers legal representation in a range of areas, such as government benefits, employment law, immigration law, consumer law, family law, and housing and eviction defense. Also, Public Counsel is a pro bono firm funded through efforts of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Public Counsel states it offers free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of society, including abused children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, and nonprofit organizations serving low income communities.

I am a LGBT lawyer who just moved to Southern California. How can I meet other LGBT Lawyers?

LGBT Bar LA maintains an active continuing education, political activity, and social calendar. The social events include an annual dinner, holiday party, women’s events, Fall student reception, and theater, music and sports events. Please click here to view our current calendar of events.

I am an LGBT law student. How can I get involved with LGBT Bar LA?

LGBT Bar LA offers free membership to law students. LGBT Bar LA has active law student members from most Southern California law schools and many attorney members first joined as law students. LGLA has a mentorship program to benefit law students, a scholarship program, and networking opportunities to meet other law students and LGBT lawyers as well. Please click here to learn more about LGBT Bar LA’s student outreach programs. Click here to join LGBT Bar LA.

What kind of networking events does LGBT Bar LA sponsor?

LGBT Bar LA has a diverse calendar of social networking events. In the past, LGBT Bar LA  has arranged outings for members and non-members alike to the Hollywood Bowl, after-work mixers at the Edison in downtown Los Angeles and East-West Lounge in West Hollywood, plays at the Actors’ Workshop in Culver City, Downtown speaker luncheons, an annual dinner, an annual holiday party, Dodgers events, and more--even a cruise to Mexico.

Does LGBT Bar LA offer MCLE opportunities?

LGLA is a State-bar certified continuing legal education provider. Recent MCLE offerings include sessions on transgender issues, marriage equality and domestic partnership law, elimination of bias, and substance abuse in the legal profession.

What does LGLA do to promote LBGT civil rights?

LGBT Bar LA promotes amicus opportunities for its members and as an organization when legal cases of import to the LGBT community arise. Over the years, LGBT Bar LA has filed or joined amicus briefs in many significant cases, including In Re Marriage, the case challenging Proposition 8’s repeal of marriage equality, a case supporting second parent adoptions, and a challenge to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.

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