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

Alletta Brenner (she/her) Co-Chair

Counsel
Perkins Coie, LLP

Megan Hinzdel (she/her) Co-Chair

Trial Attorney
SAIF Corporation

Eva Goldberg (they/them) Secretary

Paralegal
Trainor Law, PC

Kamron Graham (she/her) Treasurer

Deputy Director
The Commons Law Center

Nora Broker (she/they) Judicial and Legislative Chair

Attorney

Josh Goldberg (he/him) Newsletter Chair

Judicial Law Clerk
Oregon Court of Appeals

Aly Sneider (she/her) Newsletter Chair

Judicial Law Clerk
Oregon Court of Appeals

Ret. Justice Lynn Nakamoto (she/her) Newsletter Chair

Oregon Supreme Court

Sunny Maxwell (they/them) Member at Large

Attorney
Public Defender Marion County

Ruben Medina (he/him) Member at Large

Attorney
Law Office of Ruben Medina

Molly McCue (she/her) Student Representative

University of Oregon School of Law
JD expected 2023

Casey Payseno, M.Ed. (he/him) Student Representative

Willamette University College of Law
JD expected 2023

Kai Sunstone (he/him) Student Representative

Lewis and Clark Law School
JD expected 2023

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