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 attended by 200 attorneys, philanthropists, business and community leaders, judges, professors, and students. The launch event featured remarks by attorneys from 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. Each summer, OCLBA’s annual Anniversary Gala honors community and legal leaders in the fight for justice and equality and features the presentation of the M. Katherine B. Darmer Equality Scholarship to a law student committed to LGBT issues in Orange County.
At our 5th Anniversary Gala in 2015, OCLBA celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, honored Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with the OCLBA Community Leadership Award, and honored Laura Kanter with the M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award. OCLBA also awarded the third M. Katherine B. Darmer Equality Scholarship to Emma Gunderson.
The OCLBA held its annual Harvey Milk Day Luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Bryan Cave, and will hold its 6th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 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.