Promoting the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

What is OGALLA?

OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers, judges, legal workers, law students, and others who support the association's purposes.

What is the Purpose of OGALLA?

Founded in January of 1991, OGALLA was created as a statewide organization to support the needs of sexual minorities and gender non-conforming people in the
legal profession.

Membership

OGALLA has nearly 150 members, and is associated with the National LGBT Bar, an affiliate of the American Bar Association. If you'd like to become a member of OGALLA, click here.

WHAT MAKES OGALLA WORK

GET INVOLVED



  • Safe Schools Committee - The Safe Schools Committee, in partnership with other safe schools advocates, works to support the implementation of the Safe Schools Act with the goal of making Oregon schools safe havens for LGBT youth.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.
  • Education and Outreach Committee - This committee works to educate a broad range of audiences through CLEs with a focus on LGBTQ issues and through educational outreach on civil and legal rights at events such as Pride. In 2013, the Committee is working to host a CLE for juvenile law practitioners and social workers to address effective advocacy for LGBTQ youth in the foster care system.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.
  • Judiciary Committee - The Judiciary Committee reviews candidates for appointed judicial positions. The committee works closely with other diversity bars in the vetting process in order achieve our goal of promoting a judiciary that is diverse and committed to the constitutional ideals of equality of all people before the law.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.
  • Dinner Committee - The Dinner Committee organizes OGALLA's annual gala dinner and silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction go to support the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.

OUR PURPOSE


  • Promote fair treatment

    To promote the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Further Advancement

    To further the professional development and advancement of LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students
  • Offer Opportunities

    To offer social opportunities for LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students.
  • Eliminate Prejudice

    To identify and eliminate the causes and conditions of prejudice in our society.
  • Educate

    To educate the public, the legal profession and the LGBT community about legal issues affecting the LGBT community.
  • Unite

    To promote a spirit of unity, while valuing the diversity of our community.

OUR BOARD



  • Kamron Graham
    President
    Kamron Graham is a Public Guardian and Conservator with Multnomah County’s Department of County Human Services. She is on the Washington State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, Oregon Women’s Lawyer’s Leadership Committee, and Public Service Advisory Committee for the Oregon State Bar. Kamron has served on numerous boards and committees who focus on LGTBQ, low-income, poverty, and housing issues.
  • Kelli Houston
    Co-Chair
    Kelli Houston, has served on several nonprofit boards as co-chair, president and secretary most recently as Board President of a breast cancer organization, Breast Friends in Tigard, Oregon. She has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership including co-founder of AIDS Network of Arizona and Vision Consulting both serving diverse communities providing healthcare services and community supported programs serving LGBT communities. Currently she serves as the Washington State Training Director for Embassy Management, a human services organization. Kelli has an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Business Management. In her spare time, Kelli performed on stage as a standup comedian, auditioning for NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She is also a golf aficionado and Seattle Seahawks fan.
  • Tyler Alexander
    Secretary
    Tyler Alexander is a policy advocate for a grassroots, not-for-profit natural resource based organization. He is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark Law, where he focused his studies on environmental and natural resources law. Prior to law school, Tyler studied political science and environmental science at Portland State.
  • Cierra Brown
    Annual Dinner Chair
    Cierra Brown is a partner at Metro Law Group, LLC, where her practice focuses on criminal defense and family law. She received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.
  • Jessica Cavallero
    Social Chair
    Jessica Cavallero is a 2L at Willamette University College of Law with an interest in criminal law practice. She is the Social Chair position and serves on the Judicial Endorsement Committee. She is currently a certified law clerk for the Clackamas County District Attorney’s office. At Willamette, she is currently the Vice President of OUTLaw and Hispanic Legal Student Association. Her undergraduate education took place in Tallahassee, Florida and Cleveland, Ohio where she competed as an NJCAA and NCAA Division II athlete.
  • Ben Eckstein
    Judicial Endorsement Co-Chair; Willamette University School of Law Representative
    Ben Eckstein is a second-year law student at Willamette University College of Law. He holds a BS in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon, where he served as Student Body President. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Ben worked for the US House of Representatives for two years, before starting law school at Willamette. In his time at Willamette, he has served on the Student Bar Association and the American Bar Association Law Student Division, as a law clerk at the Oregon Department of Justice, and as a Teaching Assistant for first-year legal research and writing students. Ben is Willamette’s student representative to the OGALLA Board and to the Oregon New Lawyers Division. He is also a proud father to an Italian Mastiff / Golden Retriever pup, Tippy
  • Grace Pauley
    Annual Auction Chair
    Grace Pauley is a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County and happy to have joined the OGALLA Board this year and to serve as the Annual Auction Chair
  • Maria Witt
    Newsletter Chair
    Maria Witt is a law clerk for the Honorable Marco A. Hernandez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Before law school, she worked as a labor union and political organizer with low-income, immigrant, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities. During law school, she worked for Beth Allen Law and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon. She was also a recipient of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship. When she finishes clerking, she would like to pursue a public interest law career where she can protect and advance civil rights.
  • Hugo Gonzalez Venegas
    Lewis & Clark Law School Representative
    Hugo Gonzalez Venegas is a 2L at Lewis & Clark Law School.  He holds a BS in Political Science from Portland State and an Associates in Paralegal Studies from Portland Community College.  He worked as a paralegal at an immigration firm in Portland while finishing his undergraduate degree.  His focus is on immigration law and ending family detention centers.  He will graduate from Lewis & Clark in 2018.
  • Anthony Hunt
    University Of Oregon School of Law Representative
    Bio Pending
  • The Honorable Beth Allen
    Board Member
  • Will McLaren
    Board Member
    Will McLaren is currently a federal judicial clerk for Judge Michael McShane, and he previously served as a clerk for Magistrate Judge Paul Papak. During law school, Will worked for the Bonneville Power Administration, Perkins Coie LLP, the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and Iberdrola Renewables. Will volunteers working with and for homeless populations, rape and child abuse crisis centers, and a raptor care center. He also coach the University of Oregon Mock Trial team. Prior to joining the legal field, Will conducted soil and water chemistry research and he now writes articles on the intersection of those fields and the law. Will's two mentors and heroes in life, his late aunt Kathy Riley and Judge McShane, are members of the LGBT community, and he wishes to support that community the way it has supported him.

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