CELEBRATE THE LGBT BAR LA'S
The LGBT Bar LA Annual Gala has historically been the largest event that the Association holds each year. The event honors individuals and organizations that have made contributions to education, human rights, and equality for the LGBT community. This year, we celebrate our organization’s 40th anniversary with a very special event. For more than ten years, the LBGT Bar LA Gala has been themed to spotlight important issues to the LGBT community including marriage equality, military service, adoption, employment, and unity.
This year's theme is "40 Years of Claiming Space," which honors those who came together 40 years ago to ensure a place for LGBT attorneys and legal professionals to participate in the Los Angeles community. The range of honorees at the event celebrates where we have been as an organization and LGBT community, and also where we are going. Our Community Service Award honors the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is celebrating 50 years of serving Los Angeles’s LGBT community. Our Community Partner of the Year Award will be given to Akerman LLP, in recognition of the firm’s long history of promoting LGBT equality within the organization, and in its pro bono work. And we will honor R. Bradley (Brad) Sears with our Co-Presidents Award for his outstanding record of leadership and innovation as the founding director of the Williams Institute.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Co-Presidents: Eryk Escobar and Madison Fairchild
Co-Treasurers: Nancy Ashjian and Andres Cantero
Co-Secretaries: Candace Matson and Jay Pang
Communications Chair: Carlos Hernandez
Membership Co-Chairs: Lauren Greene and Chris Scali
Board Development Co-Chairs: Jordan Aiken and Dimitri Portnoi
Michael Brophy, Abigail Coursolle,
Date: Friday April 12th, 2019
Time: 6:30PM - 10:30PM
Where: California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
($15 Parking - Cash Only)
Food: Thank Goodness it's Sofia (TGIS)
Instructions Via the Metro Expo Line: Take exit Expo Park/USC station. Cross street toward Rose garden and make a right heading toward the Natural History Museum. Turn left at the corner of the NHM and Rose Garden and follow the sidewalk alongside the NHM and lawn. When you reach the end of the sidewalk (directly facing the Coliseum) the event entrance will be a few steps to your left.
The LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles is proud to award this year’s Co-Presidents Award to R. Bradley (Brad) Sears. Sears is Associate Dean for Public Interest Programs and David Sanders Distinguished Scholar of Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. In 2001, he founded the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA devoted to sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy issues. Just eighteen years later, the Institute now has 20 faculty and staff members, a budget of nearly $3 million, and an endowment of over $20 million.
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.
Akerman has been recognized by the Financial Times as one the most forward thinking law firms