Focused on the greater New York metropolitan area, LeGaL is dedicated to improving the administration of the law, ensuring full equality for members of the LGBT community, promoting the expertise and advancement of LGBT legal professionals, and serving the larger community.
our commitment to the Community
Educating the public on legal issues facing LGBT people;
Fostering membership participation in pro bono activities benefiting the LGBT community;
Eliminating homophobia and transphobia in the justice system;
Encouraging judicial and other governmental appointment of those who oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity;
Encouraging members of the LGBT community to choose law as a career;
Promoting solidarity among members of the LGBT legal community.
In May 1978, ten people met in Professor Art Leonard’s living room and formed the New York Law Group, which met on a monthly basis for informal social gatherings. Art began publishing a newsletter, the “Law Group Notes,” reporting on lesbian and gay community events and legal developments. The group grew and, in 1984, incorporated as the Bar Association for Human Rights. The name was changed to the Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York in 1991, before becoming the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) in 2006. Over the years our name has changed to better reflect the diversity of our mission, of our membership, and of the communities we seek to serve.
In 1994, the LeGaL Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed with Erica Bell as its founding President. Through the Foundation, the organization publishes LGBT Law Notes, conducts several walk-in pro bono legal clinics, sponsors the Dr. M.L. Hank Henry, Jr. Fund for Judicial Fellowships, and, among its many other activities, runs the area’s only career fair dedicated to first-year LGBT law students.
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LeGaL: The Trump Administration Cannot Unilaterally Exclude Transgender People From Civil Rights Laws
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by Emma Buzbee, LeGaL intern. It’s Saturday night in the West Village, one of New York’s hottest neighborhoods. for LeGaL volunteers, and interns (like me), the place is to be is the cafeteria of The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields. At the church’s Art &...read more
ATTN: LGBT LAW STUDENTS The LGBT Bar of NY, LeGaL, is seeking candidates for the two positions of Law Student Liaisons to the LeGaL Board of Directors! This is a great opportunity to have an impact in the LGBT community, contribute to the growth of our...read more
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