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.

STATEMENTS

Letter in Support of DA Schmidt

OGALLA applauds the Aug. 11, 2020 policy of the Multnomah County DA declining to prosecute minor cases arising from the ongoing protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

OGALLA stands with our Black community and communities of color across the nation in mourning the deaths at the hands of the police.

Statement on Bostock

OGALLA applauds the United States Supreme Court’s decision, holding that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are protected from discrimination in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hugo Gonzalez Venegas Chair

Hugo Gonzalez Venegas (he/him/el), was born in the state of Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated as a child to Oregon. He has deep roots in the local immigrant and LGBTQ communities, having grown up both queer and undocumented in Portland. Hugo earned his B.S. in Political Science and Chicanx/Latinx Studies from Portland State University in 2015 and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2018. He now serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator for the Oregon State Bar and current Chair of OGALLA. Hugo clerked for Judge David Rees of Multnomah County Court, interned at Immigration Counseling Service, Oregon Law Center and ACLU, and has worked with the Dilley Pro Bono Project in Texas, helping detained immigrants at the US/Mexico border. His passion for social justice and the representation of marginalized voices in the law community is apparent even in his free time, which he usually spends traveling, exploring the local culinary scene, and spending time with his partner and his Cairn Terrier Maya.

Kamron Graham Treasurer

Kamron Graham (she/her/hers) has served as a Deputy Public Guardian and Conservator for Multnomah County for the past seven years. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, Chair of the Grant Committee for Oregon Law Foundation, Chair Elect for Oregon Women Lawyer’s Foundation, board member of Queen’s Bench, and Past President of OGALLA: The LGTB Bar Association of Oregon. Kamron is the winner of the 2020 Multnomah Bar Association Diversity Award.

Kamron attended Seattle University School of Law. While in law school, volunteered at the Q-Law Community Legal Clinic, served on the Washington State Board of Trustees, and interned as public defender in King County’s mental health clinic. Upon graduating, she worked at Legal Aid Services and clerked for The Honorable Thomas J. Rastetter in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Before going to law school mid-career, she worked as a Program Officer for United Way of the Columbia Willamette and as Director of Case Management at Transition Projects, Inc. for 13 years. Her career has always been focused on public service and advocating for vulnerable people.

In her free time, Kamron enjoys sports including Portland Thorns and Seattle Mariners, biking, live music and good whisky. Not necessarily in the order.

Nora Broker Judicial and Legislative Chair

Nora Broker (she/they) is an associate attorney at Bennett Hartman, LLP, practicing in labor, employment, and civil rights law. Nora represents union teachers and nurses in labor and licensure matters, and she represents employees in civil rights litigation. She maintains an active pro bono practice assisting trans people with identity document matters, particularly incarcerated trans people. She is a dedicated speaker and advocate on trans rights issues, including numerous CLEs for the Oregon State Bar and the Oregon Judicial Department, as well as trainings and community education projects for local civil rights organizations. She is also a dedicated legislative advocate, working on successful campaigns to enact trans rights legislation in the 2017 and 2019 sessions of the Oregon Legislature Assembly.

Nora graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School magna cum laude in 2015. As a law student she served as a full-time extern for Justice Jack L. Landau of the Oregon Supreme Court. She also served as a summer law clerk at ACLU of Oregon and the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

A native Oregonian, Nora graduated from University of Oregon with degrees in English and Journalism. Before law school she worked as photojournalist, publishing house editor and Christmas tree hawker. Nora remains an active writer, and her creative nonfiction has recently appeared in Slate, The Rumpus, Catapult, Electric Literature, Gertrude Press, and other publications.

Megan Hinzdel Dinner Chair

Megan Hinzdel (she/her/hers) is a trial attorney at SAIF Corporation. She graduated from Willamette University College of Law, where she was actively involved in the LGBTQ student organization, OUTLaws. She is now a mentor for Willamette law students. She currently lives in Salem with her wife (also named Megan) and spoiled pets. In her limited spare time, Megan enjoys traveling, yoga and frequenting wine country.

Alletta Brenner CLE/Social Chair

Alletta Brenner (she/her/hers) is an associate attorney at Perkins Coie, specializing in the field of product liability law. She also has an active pro bono practice, representing families seeking asylum in the US, helping domestic violence survivors, and assisting individuals obtain name and gender marker changes. Outside of work, Alletta is passionate about promoting the advancement of LGBTQ rights. As a member of the OGALLA Board, Alletta is the Social/CLE Committee Chair. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC. Alletta attended University of Oregon for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, and has master’s degrees in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics.Alletta earned her law degree at Harvard Law School and clerked on the Oregon Supreme Court for former Chief Justice Thomas Balmer. Alletta lives in North Portland with her partner and two kids, four chickens, and one very lazy dog.

Aly Sneider Newsletter Chair

Aly Sneider (she/her/hers) graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2020. She holds a BA in sociology from Reed College. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to podcasts and solving crossword puzzles.”

Eva Goldberg Oregon Trans Law Caucus Co-Chair

Eva Goldberg (they/them/theirs) is a paralegal at Trainor Law, a Portland-based office that caters to members of the LGBTQIA+ community in domestic relations, personal injury and employment discrimination matters. They began working as a paralegal in 2014 after studying at Portland State University and Portland Community College. They became a co-chair of the Oregon Trans Law Caucus, a subcommittee of OGALLA, in 2019, and are an active member of Portland’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Percy Wise Oregon Trans Law Caucus Co-Chair
Josh Goldberg Member at Large

Josh Goldberg (he/him/his) counsels employers and defends them in litigation and in front of administrative agencies. He provides representation for a full array of employment and education matters, including discrimination, retaliation, pay equity, wage and hour compliance, employee classification, accommodation, leave, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, Title IX, and licensing issues. With his solution-oriented approach, he helps clients navigate all stages of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, mediation, trial, and appeal. Josh’s trial experience includes clerking and externing with multiple judges for the U.S. District Court for the District Court of Oregon and Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Josh takes a personal and proactive approach to advising clients on workplace policies, and has extensive experience drafting confidentiality, non-solicitation, and non-competition agreements to advance clients’ unique business objectives. He also frequently works with colleges, universities, and other educational institutions on issues of Title IX compliance, student privacy, disability accommodation, and discrimination.

Josh graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Throughout his legal education and to present, Josh remains steadfastly committed to community service. Josh co-founded Lewis & Clark Law School’s Law Student Diversity Action Committee and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society in recognition of his distinguished scholarship, leadership, and contributions. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and is the Chair of the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section.

Prior to law school, Josh developed a knack for anticipating risk and crafting creative solutions that advanced the policy initiatives of Secretary of State Kate Brown, now Oregon’s Governor. These initiatives include drafting the nation’s first law to automate voter registration.

Sunny Maxwell Willamette University Law Rep

Sunny Maxwell (they/them/theirs) is a student at Willamette University College of Law. They came to law school after fifteen years as a professional chef, and immediately felt at home clerking in the fast-paced work environment of the public defender’s office. Sunny spends their free time propagating houseplants and playing with their dogs.

Diego Gutiérrez Lewis & Clark Law Rep

Diego Gutiérrez (he/him/his) is a third-year law student at Lewis & Clark. He migrated with his family from Guadalajara, Mexico to Orange County, California at the age of seven. In 2011, Diego earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. After college, he had the opportunity to intern with the political department for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. He later worked for Santa Ana Professional Services as an income tax preparer serving mostly immigrant communities in need of tax advocacy and document translation services. Diego is involved with various campus organizations including the Latinx Law Society and the National Lawyers Guild. Outside of law school, he enjoys exploring and discovering new spots around Portland, hiking, and socializing around Portland’s LGBTQ+ scene.

Erin Strader University of Oregon Law Rep

Erin Strader (she/her/hers) is a current law student at the University of Oregon, expected to graduate in 2020. She hopes to work in public interest and public policy law. In the meantime, Erin enjoys the feeling you get when you finish your case reading for tomorrow, rock climbing, listening to music, and spending time with her parent’s puppy Connolly.

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