About Us

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

"Promoting a spirit of unity, while valuing the diversity of our community."

Organization Purpose

  • To promote the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • To further the professional development and advancement of LGBT lawyers, legal workers a nd law students
  • To offer social opportunities for LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students
  • To identify and eliminate the causes and conditions of prejudice in our society
  • To educate the public, the legal profession and the LGBT community about legal issues affecting the LGBT community
  • To promote a spirit of unity, while valuing the diversity of our community

The purpose of this organization is also to increase the popularity of our common interests. We hope to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger.

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2014 OGALLA Board of Directors and Officers
  • Kamron-Graham

    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.

    She graduated from Seattle University School of Law where she was co-chair of OutLaws (SU’s LGTBQ law student association), served on the Dispute Resolution Board, co-chair of Human Rights Association, and volunteered at several legal clinics including an LGTBQ supported by QLaw.

  • Alex-Baldino

    Alex Baldino

    Membership/Technology Secretary

    Alex Baldino is an attorney at Kramer & Associates focusing his practice on family law. Alex is also a member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon State Bar Family Law Section, and Multnomah Bar Association. Alex represents clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorces, custody, domestic partnerships, custody modifications, restraining orders, and simple wills, as well as legal issues facing the LGBTQ community. In his free time Alex enjoys rock climbing, skiing, cycling and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

  • Melissa Douglas

    General Secretary

    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 centered on legal issues relevant to the LGBT community.

    Melissa is a Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholar, as well as a recipient of the OWLS Foundation Armonica Gilford Grant. In addition to OGALLA’s board, Melissa also serves on Willamette University’s Safe Zone Committee, a group working to promote diversity and acceptance on the campus. When she graduates from law school, she will serve as a member of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Committee.

  • Michael-Hsu

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Talia-Stoessel

    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.

    Since she has been in Oregon, Talia has worked BRO's Grassroots Action Team for the Political Action Committee to put on events to raise money and awareness, she has participated on the OGALLA Safe Schools Subcommittee to review and provide feedback on school nondiscrimination policies, and has headed up OGALLA's Education Subcommittee. At Northeastern University’s School of Law, Talia coordinated with the Poverty Law Clinic and Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) to create a presentation on access food stamps for LGBTQ homeless youth. Talia completed a co-op with the National Center for Lesbian Rights as a recipient of the Pride Law Fund fellowship. Talia also received the Alexander Gray scholarship from the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association in recognition of her contributions to LGBTQ communities. She was an active member of Northeastern’s Queer Caucus, including fundraising, co-hosting panels, and advocating for the addition of gender identity to non-discrimination policies at the school. She also published a law review article in the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy on creating and implementing nondiscrimination policies for LGBTQ youth in foster care sett ings, which can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2135128.

  • Suzana-Malek

    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.

  • Suzana-Malek

    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.

  • 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.

    In addition to serving on the OGALLA board, Ann Marie is a legal intern at the Oregon Innocence Project, a legal non-profit that seeks to exonerate wrongly-convicted individuals. She is interested in social justice, civil rights, legal writing, and the intersections between legal and cultural values.

  • 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 PetsWelcome.com 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.

  • Student Rep - Willamette