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.

IN THE MEDIA
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



  • Kevin Clonts
    Co-Chair
    Kevin Clonts is a litigator at Rizzo, Mattingly and Bosworth and practices complex commercial, construction, and insurance litigation matters in California and Oregon.. He represents business entities in litigation involving business dissolutions, contract disputes, and target defendants (including business and government entities) in complex products liability... READ MORE.
  • Trish Walsh
    Co-Chair
    Bio: Trish Walsh is an attorney at Farleigh Wada Witt, specializing in civil litigation and employment law matters. Prior to joining FWW, Trish clerked for two years for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, in Seattle. Trish went to law school at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Iowa Law Review.
  • Melissa Douglas
    General Secretary
    Bio: Melissa is currently in her third year at Willamette University College of Law and serves as President for WILLO (Willamette’s LGBT law student group). In addition to school, she works as a legal intern for SAIF Corporation, where she performs both appellate and trial work. Prior to her position with SAIF, Melissa served as a law clerk for Beth Allen Law, where her work was... READ MORE
  • Heidi Mason
    Membership Secretary
    Bio: Heidi Mason practices employment, labor, and privacy law at Jordan Ramis PC. She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources. Heidi earned her bachelor's degrees in human resource management and general management from Portland State University and her J.D, from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern
    School of Law.
  • Megan Livermore
    Member At Large
    Bio: Megan Livermore is an attorney with Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, PC, in Eugene. Her practice emphasizes civil and commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, business and real estate law. Prior to joining the firm, Megan was a law clerk for the Honorable Darryl Larson of the Lane County Circuit Court. Before going to law school, Megan worked in both the public and private sector... READ MORE
  • Jonathan Patterson
    Member At Large
    Bio: Jon Patterson is a graduating third year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. A 2012 recipient of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Scholarship, Jon is the current director of the Black Law Students Association and former director of the OUTLaws... READ MORE
  • Talia Stoessel
    Member At Large
    Bio:
    Talia Stoessel is a 2011 graduate of Northeastern Law in Boston, MA, and she moved to Oregon for the love of hiking, friendly people, and her amazing family. Talia Stoessel is currently transitioning to be General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers from her judicial clerkship with the Honorable Kathie Steele.... READ MORE
  • Cierra Brown
    Student Member
    Bio: Cierra Brown is a first year law student at Willamette University College of Law. Cierra has an interest in juvenile justice.
  • John Hopkinson
    Student Member
    Bio: John Hopkinson is a second year law student at Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. He is currently president of OUTLaw at Lewis & Clark. He is concentrating on animal law and recently completed an internship at Compassion Over Killing. READ MORE
  • Gloria Trainor
    Member At Large
    Bio: Gloria began practicing law at Oregon’s premier civil litigation firm. Her legal training and experience combined with a background in social work make her a tenacious yet sensitive attorney with a breadth of practice experience, from mediation to trial work. Gloria practices family law, specializing in LGBT families, and personal...READ MORE
  • Geoffrey Wren
    Member At Large
    Bio: Coming soon...
  • Jessica Osborne
    Member At Large
    Bio: Jessica Osborne is an attorney at Gordon Rees LLP, where her practice focuses on complex litigation, commercial litigation, employment matters, and professional liability...READ MORE
  • Miranda Summer
    Member At Large
    Bio: Coming soon...
  • Anita Clarke
    Member At Large
    Bio: Coming soon...

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