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.


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.



  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


  • Kamron Graham
    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... READ MORE.
  • 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
  • Michael Hsu
    Michael Hsu is an attorney at Metropolitan Public Defenders. He received his J.D. from Lewis and Clark School of Law, where he was president of the Minority Law Student Association and managing editor of the Environmental Law Review. During law school, he completed externships with the Honorable Virginia Linder and the Honorable Michael McShane...READ MORE
  • Cierra Brown
    Dinner Committee Chair
    Cierra Brown is a first year law student at Willamette University College of Law. Cierra has an interest in juvenile justice. READ MORE
  • Jessica Osborne
    Auction Chair
    Jessica Osborne is an attorney at Gordon Rees LLP, where her practice focuses on complex litigation, commercial litigation, employment matters, and professional liability. Prior to joining Gordon Rees LLP, Jessica worked as an attorney and law clerk for a national firm, where she specialized in legal ethics and risk management for attorneys. Jessica graduated with her JD from Willamette University College of Law and her BA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee... READ MORE
  • Talia Stoessel
    Education Committee Chair and Communications
    Talia Stoessel is a plaintiff- and union-side labor and employment attorney with Bennett, Hartman, Morris, and Kaplan, LLP. She enjoys working to bring balance to the hierarchy of labor-management relationships and to protect employee rights in the workplace. Talia graduated from Northeastern Law in Boston, MA, and she moved to Oregon for the love of hiking, friendly people, and her amazing family...
  • Suzana Malek
    Social Committee Chair
    Suzana Malek practice Family Law at NW Family Law Solutions. Her practice focuses on dissolution and custody issues. Suzana graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Prior to her work with NW Family Law Solutions, Suzana was a lead attorney with the Pro Se Assistance Project of Legal Aid Services Oregon [LASO]. In 2013 she was awarded the Multnomah Bar Association's Michael E. Haglund award in recognition of her substantial commitment to pro bono legal services. Suzana has also served on the OGALLA Safe Schools Committee, volunteers as a member of MBA Imprint Project and has volunteered with the Veterans Affairs Justice Outreach Program... READ MORE
  • Maria Witt
    Board Member
    Maria Witt is a judicial law clerk. 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... READ MORE
  • Ann Marie Schott
    Ann Marie Schott
    Student Rep — Lewis & Clark
    Ann Marie Schott is a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Mississippi, where she focused on men and masculinity in Cold War era literature. Ann Marie also studied and wrote extensively on gay pulp fiction. She has taught literature and writing at the undergraduate level...READ MORE
  • Kat Mahoney
    Kat Mahoney
    Student Rep — University of Oregon
    Kat Mahoney is a third year law student at the University of Oregon. She currently serves as Director of Communications for Outlaws (U of O Law School’s LGBTQQ student group). In addition to school, she is a freelance content manager contributing articles to and maintaining content for several websites. She also has been an active volunteer with the NYC Shiba Rescue since 2007. In her downtime, she plays guitar, plays Clash of Clans on her phone, and torments her 18 yr old cat named Digger...READ MORE


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