The LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin is an association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender legal professionals and their allies.  Learn more about who we are and what we do in the About Us section.


Come out to Meet the Bar!

October 24, 2019

5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.


Glass + Griddle

1130 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Diversifying the Bench - Judicial Appointments


Join the LGBT Bar Association of WI, ACS Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter, the Association for Women Lawyers, the Wisconsin Asian American Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, and the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association for a pointed discussion regarding judicial appointments. Hear from a panel of experts, including members of the Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, and recently appointed Judge Joe Donald.

Monday, October 14, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
833 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Immediately following the event, continue the conversation during a networking event at Rare Steakhouse, hosted by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Event is free for attendees. Please register  here by October 10, 2019.

QLaw Welcomes Kenyan Queer

Legal Activist for Lecture

QLaw at the University of Wisconsin Law School welcomes Eric Gitari, queer activist and Co-Founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Nairobi, Kenya for a lecture to begin at 3:00 p.m. on October 31 2019, at the Alumni Lounge of The Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706) on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Gitari will be joined by David Tinashe Hofisi, a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconisn-Madison focusing on human rights and constitutional law in Africa. Limited free tickets are available online here.


Thanks to all for Coming Out to our August Happy Hour! Hope to see you again in October!

Rebecca Kiefer, Israel Ramon, Judge William Pocan, Brett Blomme, and Pete Burgelis all stopped in and mingled with LGBT Bar Members at our August Happy Hour.

Rebecca Kiefer, Israel Ramon, Judge William Pocan, Brett Blomme, and Pete Burgelis all stopped in and mingled with LGBT Bar Members at our August Happy Hour.

Wisconsin Ordered to Cover Gender Confirmation Surgery for Two Medicaid Recipients

U.S. District Judge William Conley found that Wisconsin's rule prohibiting Medicaid from paying for gender confirmation surgery violates both the Affordable Care Act and the equal protection rights of transgender Medicaid recipients.

Read more about it here


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Thanks to all who came out in support of an amazing event. We hope to put on more presentations like this one with other affinity bar groups, again soon! Stay tuned.

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Leslie Gutierrez, previously of Whyte HirschBoeck Dudek, now Husch Blackwell, was featured in July 2017 Wisconsin Law Journal for her outstanding legal service.

"WHD’s Gutierrez carefully maps out strategies to aid her clients." By MaryBeth Matzek

Register for free with Wisconsin Law Journal and read more about this amazing attorney, fellow LGBT Bar Member, & Director, here.


Congratulations to Ruth Irvings, Wisconsin Law Journal 2016 Woman of the Year!!!

Irvings heads Law Journal’s outstanding Women in the Law class. Watch the video below. 

LGBT BAR FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS at our 2nd anniversary in 2016. (Can you believe the Bar is now 3 years old?!: (From Left to Right) Kate Westfall, Bob Held, Morgan Tilleman, Danielle Bailey, Taylor Barnes, & Lauren Schuster.


Amicus Brief

filed in

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia

Angela B. Harden, Joseph S. Diedrich, and Jeffrey A,. McIntyre of Husch Blackwell, LLP, have filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of several Wisconsin organizations, including the LGBT Bar Association., in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. This case questions whether Title VII provides protections for LGBTQ Americans in employment.

The brief can be found


Thanks to those three for their great work!


With support from the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission, The LGBT Bar created Know Your LGBT Rights cards, which are now available at various LGBT resource centers in Milwaukee, and soon Madison. Take a look at the card here...

Creating Diverse and Inclusive Environments in Law Firms      By Jacquie Champagne.

This year the Human Rights Campaign Fund awarded eighty-nine law firms perfect scores for workplace treatment of LGBT individuals. On first blush, this looks like quite an achievement. Read More...

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