Lisa R. Burke (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Program Coordinator for the New Jersey Judiciary and as a SOGI/LGBTQ+ resource navigator at the Administrative Office of the Courts. She began her public sector career in the Bail Unit in Hudson Vicinage in 1990 and joined the staff of the Administrative Office of the Courts in 2004 following work in higher education administration and both non-profit and private sector settings. Lisa has extensive academic and professional background in diversity and inclusion issues, including intersectionality, implicit bias, and the elimination of bias, and the delivery of related trainings. Some of her areas of academic and professional expertise and longstanding interest including gender, race, culture, sexuality, age, religion, ability, and human rights. Lisa also has experience as a PK-16 teacher and expertise in adult education, having designed, developed, and taught a variety of college-level courses and court-based professional development and continuing legal education (CLE) trainings. She has presented nationally and published on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, human rights across cultures, gender in complex humanitarian crises, law-related education, communication in cyberspace, and LGBTQ+ and SOGI access to justice issues. Serving as a resource person on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity diversity and inclusion, Lisa has participated in the design and delivery of related presentations, trainings, and workshops for the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, the National LGBT Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and a range of local organizations and programs. Lisa has presented intersectional SOGI/LGBTQ+ inclusive practice CLE programs for the leadership, attorneys, and support staff of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and for the members of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges. Among her many professional endeavors, Lisa is a member of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts (NCREFC), the National LGBT Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Section on Litigation and LGBT Committee), and several sections and committees of the New Jersey State Bar Association. A graduate of New Jersey City University and Columbia University, Lisa also has undertaken post-graduate courses through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs certificate program in diversity and inclusion and currently is pursuing additional advanced studies at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law where she is focusing on conflict resolution with a specialization in cross-cultural dispute resolution.
Never Either/Or, But Always Both (and More): Centering Race in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusive Training and Professional Development