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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.

OGALLA PAST CO-CHAIRS

1991, Mark Johnson & Jamie Ross Kimberly Brown
1992, Kimberly Brown & Scott Nichols
1993, Kimberly Brown & Scott Nichols
1994, Shawn Koch & Scott Nichols
1995, Shawn Koch & Scott Nichols
1996, Shawn Koch & Jon Terry
1997, Shawn Koch & Jon Terry
1998, Beth Allen & Jim Van Dyke
1999, Beth Allen & Jim Van Dyke
2000, Kristine Burr & Dan Cadigan
2001, Kristine Burr & George Eighmey
2002, George Eighmey & Mary Overgaard
2003, George Eighmey & Mary Overgaard
2004, George Eighmey & Mary Overgaard
2005, Mary Overgaard & Jeff Payne
2006, Mary Overgaard & Jeff Payne
2007, Kathryn Eaton & Doug Friend
2008, Doug Friend
2009, Sarah Adams
2010, Sarah Adams
2011, Sarah Adams
2012, Kevin Clonts

COMMITTEES

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Judiciary Committee – The Judiciary Committee reviews candidates forappointed judicial positions. The committee works closely with otherdiversity 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.

4. 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.