The Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) is the official association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and allied attorneys, judges, and law students in the county. OCLBA provides networking, educational, and mentorship opportunities and resources to its membership and the community with the goal of increasing the county’s participation in the broader statewide LGBT community and the visibility of LGBT issues in the county.
OCLBA launched on June 16, 2010 at a gala attended by 200 attorneys, philanthropists, business and community leaders, judges, professors, and students. The gala featured remarks by the attorneys who completed closing arguments in the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which challenged Proposition 8 in federal court. Since then, OCLBA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from private practice and academia, continue to implement a robust series of bar programs. These programs include 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. As one recent example, OCLBA hosted a student-attorney mixer in January 2017 with UCI School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a preeminent constitutional scholar, who provided insightful comments on the current United States Supreme Court vacancy and pending federal cases that may affect the LGBT community.
Each summer, OCLBA’s annual Anniversary Gala honors community and legal leaders in the fight for justice and equality. OCLBA also awards its M. Katherine B. Darmer Equality Scholarship to a law student committed to LGBT issues in Orange County. At our 6th Anniversary Gala in 2016, OCLBA honored former United States Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez with the OCLBA Community Leadership Award, and honored Gialisa Gaffaney with the M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award. OCLBA awarded the fourth M. Katherine B. Darmer Equality Scholarship to Zachory Burns, a law student at UCI School of Law.
OCLBA will hold its annual Harvey Milk Day Luncheon at Bryan Cave on Friday, May 19, 2017, featuring elimination of bias CLE credit, and will hold its 7th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in the Sky Garden at the Michelson Building in Irvine.
OCLBA seeks to serve and unite not just the LGBT community, but our allies as well. For more information, please visit www.oclba.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.