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About

The LAGBAC Foundation provides education to both the public and legal professionals about legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning persons. Through its educational initiatives and scholarship programs, the Foundation also seeks to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning persons. For more information, please click here.

 

Scholarships

 

Summer Scholarship Program 

  • 3 scholarships for $6,000 each

  • 10 weeks, 40 hours each week

  • Awardees intern at one of three organizations:

    • TransLife CareProgram at Chicago House and Social Service Agency

    • Howard Brown Health 

    • Legal Council for Health Justice

  • Administered by Public Interest Law Initiative

Semester Scholarship Program 

  • 1 Scholarship for $3,000 awarded each semester

  • 200 hours of work during the semester

  • Awardees intern at Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center 

  • Administered by Public Interest Law Initiative 

 

Cook County Public Defender Scholarship Program 

  • 2 scholarships for $3,000 each

  • 10 weeks, 40 hours each week

  • Application deadline is roughly end of April for summer internship

  • Requires complete CCPD application /process

  • Administered jointly by LAGBAC Foundation and CCPD

Cook County State’s Attorney Scholarship Program 

  • 2 scholarships for $3,000 each

  • 10 weeks, 40 hours each week

  • Deadline is roughly end of April for summer internship

  • Requires complete CCPD application /process

  • Administered jointly by LAGBAC Foundation and CCSAO

 

Lavender Law Scholarship Stipend 

  • Up to five stipends ranging between $200 and $500 each 

  • Available to all law students with priority given to active LAGBAC student board members

  • Must demonstrate financial need

  • Check email for information or email msuarez@lagbac.org

Events

 
 

15th Annual

Lawyers for Diversity

With keynote speaker Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and 

Distinguished Jurist Award Recipient Justice Jesse Reyes, IL Appellate Court.

Fifteen years ago, several lawyers got together to raise money for Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at a mid-summer barbecue dubbed ‘Lawyers for Diversity.’ The idea was simple: connect the legal community, including law students, lawyers and judges, with organizations at the forefront of LGBT equality.
Since its inception, Lawyers for Diversity has supported the passage of nondiscrimination laws, civil unions and,
most recently, same-sex marriage, by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for many of Chicago’s community organizations leading these efforts. 

The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Foundation ensures law students receive stipends for unpaid internships at the following community organizations:

 

Cook County Public Defender’s Office

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center

Howard Brown Health

Legal Council for Health Justice

TransLife Care Program at Chicago House and Social Service Agency

 
 

About Jesse Reyes

Lawyers for Diversity Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

About Kwame Raoul

Attorney General Kwame Raoul was sworn in as the 42nd Attorney General of Illinois in January 2019. Raoul was born in Chicago to Haitian immigrants and brings a lifetime of legal and policy experience, advocacy, and public service to the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Raoul earned his undergraduate degree from DePaul University and his juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and subsequently served as a Senior Staff Attorney for the City Colleges of Chicago, handling primarily labor and employment matters. Raoul has also been a partner at two national law firms, serving in the health care and labor and employment practice groups. Between 2004 and 2018, Attorney General Raoul represented the 13th Legislative District as its state senator. As a senator, Raoul sponsored some of the most significant pieces of legislation that have become law over the past decade, including eliminating the death penalty, requiring background checks on private transfers of guns, law enforcement and criminal justice reform, workers’ compensation reform, and some of the strongest voting rights protections in the nation.

About Jesse Reyes

The Honorable Jesse G. Reyes is currently a Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, serving as a member of the court’s Executive Committee. He has been a member of the judiciary since December 1997, having previously served as both an associate judge and elected judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He also served on a number of Circuit Court committees during his tenure on the trial court. Before his election to the bench, Justice Reyes was employed with the Law Department of the Chicago Board of Education and represented the Board in litigation matters and was responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures pertaining to school reform. Prior to joining the Board of Education, he was a Senior Supervising Attorney with the Corporation Counsel’s Office representing the City of Chicago in complex civil litigation matters in state and federal court. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.

 
 

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

If your firm would like to sponsor Lawyers for Diversity please contact Jeremy Gottschalk at jgottschalk@lagbacfoundation.org.

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