Promoting the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

What is OGALLA?

OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers, judges, legal workers, law students, and others who support the association's purposes.

What is the Purpose of OGALLA?

Founded in January of 1991, OGALLA was created as a statewide organization to support the needs of sexual minorities and gender non-conforming people in the
legal profession.

Membership

OGALLA has nearly 150 members, and is associated with the National LGBT Bar, an affiliate of the American Bar Association. If you'd like to become a member of OGALLA, click here.

WHAT MAKES OGALLA WORK

GET INVOLVED



  • Safe Schools Committee - The Safe Schools Committee, in partnership with other safe schools advocates, works to support the implementation of the Safe Schools Act with the goal of making Oregon schools safe havens for LGBT youth.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.
  • Education and Outreach Committee - This committee works to educate a broad range of audiences through CLEs with a focus on LGBTQ issues and through educational outreach on civil and legal rights at events such as Pride. In 2013, the Committee is working to host a CLE for juvenile law practitioners and social workers to address effective advocacy for LGBTQ youth in the foster care system.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.
  • Judiciary Committee - The Judiciary Committee reviews candidates for appointed judicial positions. The committee works closely with other diversity bars in the vetting process in order achieve our goal of promoting a judiciary that is diverse and committed to the constitutional ideals of equality of all people before the law.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.
  • Dinner Committee - The Dinner Committee organizes OGALLA's annual gala dinner and silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction go to support the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund.

    If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact us at info@ogalla.org.

OUR PURPOSE


  • Promote fair treatment

    To promote the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Further Advancement

    To further the professional development and advancement of LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students
  • Offer Opportunities

    To offer social opportunities for LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students.
  • Eliminate Prejudice

    To identify and eliminate the causes and conditions of prejudice in our society.
  • Educate

    To educate the public, the legal profession and the LGBT community about legal issues affecting the LGBT community.
  • Unite

    To promote a spirit of unity, while valuing the diversity of our community.

OUR BOARD



  • Kamron Graham
    Co-Chair
    Kamron Graham is a Public Guardian and Conservator with Multnomah County’s Department of County Human Services. She is on the Washington State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, Oregon Women’s Lawyer’s Leadership Committee, and Public Service Advisory Committee for the Oregon State Bar. Kamron has served on numerous boards and committees who focus on LGTBQ, low-income, poverty, and housing issues.
  • Cierra Brown
    Co-Chair
    Cierra Brown is a partner at Metro Law Group, LLC, where her practice focuses on criminal defense and family law. She received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.
  • Kelli Houston
    Board Member
    Kelli Houston, has served on several nonprofit boards as co-chair, president and secretary most recently as Board President of a breast cancer organization, Breast Friends in Tigard, Oregon. She has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership including co-founder of AIDS Network of Arizona and Vision Consulting both serving diverse communities providing healthcare services and community supported programs serving LGBT communities. Currently she serves as the Washington State Training Director for Embassy Management, a human services organization. Kelli has an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Business Management. In her spare time, Kelli performed on stage as a standup comedian, auditioning for NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She is also a golf aficionado and Seattle Seahawks fan.
  • Maria Witt
    Newsletter Chair
    Maria Witt is a law clerk for the Honorable Marco A. Hernandez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Before law school, she worked as a labor union and political organizer with low-income, immigrant, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities. During law school, she worked for Beth Allen Law and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon. She was also a recipient of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship. When she finishes clerking, she would like to pursue a public interest law career where she can protect and advance civil rights.
  • Hugo Gonzalez Venegas
    Board Member
    Hugo Gonzalez Venegas is a 2L at Lewis & Clark Law School.  He holds a BS in Political Science from Portland State and an Associates in Paralegal Studies from Portland Community College.  He worked as a paralegal at an immigration firm in Portland while finishing his undergraduate degree.  His focus is on immigration law and ending family detention centers.  He will graduate from Lewis & Clark in 2018.
  • Anthony Hunt
    University Of Oregon School of Law Representative
    Bio Pending
  • The Honorable Beth Allen
    Board Member
    Bio Pending
  • Nora Broker
    Board Member
    Nora Broker is an associate attorney at Creighton & Rose, PC, where her practice focuses on civil rights and employment law. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2015. In school, she worked for the Honorable Jack L. Landau of the Oregon Supreme Court, the ACLU of Oregon, the Small Business Legal Clinic, and other civil rights groups. Her volunteer work focuses mainly on transgender rights, including education and identity document assistance. Before law, Nora worked in journalism and publishing, and she currently co-edits a literary journal, with an interest in promoting LGBT writing and art.
  • Heidi Mason
    Board Member
    Heidi Mason represents public and private organizations in employment and labor law matters at Innova Legal Advisors PC.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Mason worked as a human resources professional for mid-sized and large corporations. Ms. Mason earned her bachelor's degrees in human resource management and general management from Portland State University and her J.D., cum laude, from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. She is also PHR and SHRM-CP certified.
  • Jess Osborne
    Annual Auction Chair
    Jess works for the exciting new healthy foods convenience store company, Green Zebra Grocery. Jess manages the Lloyd location and provides counsel for the company. In her spare time, Jess works in commercial defense litigation for a national law firm, enjoys learning about hunter/jumper riding from her wife, and spending time with her wife and many pets. Jess is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law. Go Bearcats!
  • Zachary Nelson
    Lewis & Clark Law School Representative
    Zachary Nelson is a first-generation student originally from Sioux Falls, SD. After obtaining his B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Dakota, Mr. Nelson moved to Colorado and earned his M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University. In his graduate program, Mr. Nelson focused on focused on environmental political theory and the intersection of democracy and environmental politics. After obtaining his M.A., he moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. Zachary is incredibly excited and proud to represent Lewis & Clark Law School on the OGALLA board, and looks forward to contributing to the advancement of the LGBT legal community in Oregon.
  • Ryan Newby
    Board Member
    Ryan Newby is a Staff Attorney with the Oregon Law Center Hillsboro Regional Office, where he practices in a variety of poverty law areas, including family, housing, and employment law. Since joining the Oregon Law Center, he has led an outreach and education program to expand legal services to low-income transgender Oregonians. Prior to joining Oregon Law Center in September 2015, Ryan worked as a court-appointed attorney for parents and children in child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. He also served as the law clerk to the Hon. Maureen McKnight in Multnomah County. He got his start practicing in Oregon by volunteering for the Domestic Violence Project at LASO Portland. Ryan is a 2011 graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • Travis Merritt
    Willamette College of Law Representative
    Travis A. Merritt is the OGALLA representative for Willamette College of Law. Prior to law school Travis earned a medical doctorate while living in Europe, and a Masters in Public Health at Loma Linda School of Public health. Recently, Travis joined the prestigious Willamette Law Review. He looks forward to practicing law in the Pacific Northwest.

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