Category: Member Spotlight

Candelario Saldana

By Caleb Simpson Being Resilient Candelario Saldana’s path to becoming an attorney was not easy, requiring patience, persistence, and change. Saldana recalls when he first learned when he was undocumented: He was assigned a career project in junior high school and was drawn to the legal profession. When he went home and told his mother […]

Jay Larry

The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association is proud to highlight our fellow Board Member, Jay Larry. While attending Vanderbilt University, he discovered his passion for the law. His curiosity blossomed when he took Philosophy of Law and switched his studies from pre-med to English and History Interdisciplinary Studies, with minors in Philosophy, Film Studies, and Spanish. […]

Alejandra Caraballo

Answering the Call   An ardent advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, Alejandra Caraballo is a shining star within the legal profession and abroad. Currently, Caraballo is a Clinical Instructor for the Cyberlaw Clinic situated in Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her focus is on the intersection of gender and technology, […]

Pride Month Spotlight: Travis Torrence

By Caleb Simpson Travis Torrence currently serves as Global Litigation Bankruptcy & Credit Team Lead at Shell USA, Inc., managing a team of attorneys and legal support professionals who handle all bankruptcy and credit legal issues for all of Shell’s business units in the United States and Canada. Within Shell he serves as a member […]

Stephen T. Kulp

By Caleb Simpson  Stephen Kulp has shown tremendous success in his career while providing substantial ongoing support for the LGBTQ+ community in and out of the legal profession. Kulp earned his B.S. in Political Science and J.D. at Drexel University in a joint accelerated degree program. He recently joined Tucker Law Group in Philadelphia as […]

Stephen Lessard

Before choosing to practice law, Stephen Lessard dedicated 20 years of his life to serving our country as a Surface Warfare Officer for the U.S. Navy. While obtaining his B.A. in Political Science at Texas A&M University, Lessard was a member of the Corp of Cadets, a prestigious student military organization that fosters leadership skills […]

Rafael Langer-Osuna

A CHANGE IN TRAJECTORY While initially pursuing a Ph.D in moral development, Rafael Langer-Osuna came to realize, “I was having more fun arguing which theorist was right than I was about doing the research.” They decided that in order to follow their passions and fulfill their desire to make a real impact on the world, […]

Gary Gassman

Gary Gassman pursues his passions every day – as a shareholder at Cozen O’Connor; as the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; as the co-leader of Cozen O’Connor’s LGBTQ+ attorney resource group; and as a devoted partner, son, brother, uncle, friend, and proud dog parent. A practicing attorney for […]

Sean J. Young

FROM CAMPUS TO THE COURTROOM Sean Young has always felt a deep commitment to fighting for justice and equity. While completing his undergraduate degree in economics at Duke University, Young became involved in many racial justice initiatives through student government and extracurricular activities. Though passionate about ensuring equity for all students, Young was cognizant of […]

Paula M. Neira

SERVING HER COUNTRY AND HER COMMUNITIES Paula M. Neira holds both a law degree and a nursing degree, but she didn’t grow up thinking she’d be interested in either field. Neira graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 and served primarily as a surface warfare officer until 1991, when she came to terms […]