• Ensure that the National Association of Legal Career Professionals
(NALP) forms sent to law schools include an accurate count of the number of out LGBTQ attorneys in your
• When asked how many openly
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LGBTQ attorneys or staff work at
your organization, do not answer
by saying: “We are not allowed to
ask employees about their sexual
orientation, I don’t know.” No law
prevents an organization from
building sufficient trust among
LGBTQ employees to inspire them
to come out on their own, without
fear of repercussions or reprisals
We will leave you with ways your firm
or legal organization can externally
underscore its commitment to LGBTQ
diversity, as well as enhance its recruitment and hiring efforts.
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• Support LGBTQ nonprofits and
causes in your community — financially and with pro bono work.
• If your community has an LGBTQ
Chamber of Commerce, join the association and sponsor lawyers and
other employees to attend the group’s
luncheons, dinners, and celebrations.
• Advertise and recruit new employees through LGBTQ newspapers and
other national, regional, and community media.
• Attend or support LGBTQ community events.
•;Designate;a;team;from;your;organi-zation to walk in your city’s gay pride
running for executive, legislative,
and judicial offices.
• Distribute free promotional materials (pens, t-shirts, letter openers, etc.)
at LGBTQ community events.
• Donate pro bono legal services for
auctions at LGBTQ nonprofits.
•;Select;individuals;to;serve;on;a;LG-BTQ nonprofit board of directors.
• Encourage the CEO or managing
partner to recognize significant
accomplishments by LGBTQ employees. NWL
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owner of Peggy
in diversity, ex-
ing, and change.
She serves as
for The Center
for APA Women
and is a former
litigator and for-
mer president of
ABAW and The
tion. She can be
reached at peggy.nagae@gmail.
com. Lonnie Lusardo, owner of
The Diversity Collaborative, is a
cultural competency consultant
and retreat facilitator. He is the
principal founder of Seattle Race
Conference and Out in Front. He
can be reached at email@example.com.