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Orange County Lavender Bar Association

The Orange County Lavender Bar Association is the county’s official association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and allied attorneys. OCLBA provides networking, educational, and mentorship opportunities and resources to its membership and the community. As part of its mission, OCLBA seeks to increase the visibility of LGBT issues in Orange County and the profile of Orange County in the broader statewide LGBT community.

OCLBA was launched on June 16, 2010, at a gala hosted by Gibson Dunn that was attended by 200 attorneys, philanthropists, business and community leaders, judges, professors, and students. The launch event featured remarks by attorneys in San Francisco who had just completed closing arguments in the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger case challenging Proposition 8 in federal court. Thereafter, OCLBA’s founding Board of Directors, which includes representatives from private practice and academia, began implementing a robust series of bar programs.

Since 2010, OCLBA has produced a number of highly successful events ranging from constitutional law to tax and estate planning issues facing the LGBT community along with social events for networking opportunities. OCLBA’s annual Anniversary Gala takes place in the summer honoring community and legal leaders in the fight for justice and equality. In 2013, OCLBA honored Justice David Thompson, Bryan Cave, and Family Equality Council along with presenting the first M. Katherine B. Darmer Equality Scholarship to a law student committed to LGBT issues in Orange County.

At the Fourth Anniversary Party being held on July 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. on the Sky Garden of The Michelson Building, OCLBA will honor Justice Kathleen O’Leary, Nielan Barnes, and the second recipient of the M. Katherine B. Darmer Equality Scholarship.

OCLBA seeks to serve and unite not just the LGBT community, but our allies as well. For more information, please visit or email

Orange County Bar Association | P.O. Box 6130 | Newport Beach, CA 92658 | 949.440.6700 |
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