Category: Member Spotlight

Evelyn A. Clark

National LGBTQ+ Bar member Evelyn Clark serves as a fourth-year Associate at Thompson Coburn LLP in the firm’s International Trade & Transportation Regulatory practice. In her work, she advocates for clients in their interactions and relationships with the federal government when importing, exporting, and navigating U.S. regulations. She also helps provide proactive support to help […]

Julie Rooney

Julie Rooney, a member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association and Deputy General Counsel & Head of U.S. Privacy at OpenX, became a lawyer because she views the legal profession as the perfect way to make ethics and philosophy practical and applicable to the real world. A former philosophy major, Rooney is particularly fascinated by […]

Leslie Richards-Yellen

Leslie Richards-Yellen serves as Chief Diversity Officer at Sidley Austin LLP and is a proud member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association. Before joining Sidley in 2023, Richards-Yellen served in DEI leadership roles at several other large law firms. She is also a longtime ally of the LGBTQ+ legal community and played a critical role […]

Bryanna Jenkins

LGBTQ+ Bar member Bryanna Jenkins has never forgotten her roots as community organizer in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She currently serves as Policy Director at the Lavender Rights Project where her dedication to her community remains as strong as ever. “My organizing background informs my work,” Jenkins explains. “I find value in people and […]

August Naston

August Naston (he/they) is a law student at Fordham University School of Law and a board member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar’s Law Student Congress. He is the first openly trans member of Fordham Law’s SBA and a co-founder of Advocates for Trans* Law Students (ATLS), a student organization on Fordham Law’s campus that provides […]

Omar J. Alaniz

Omar J. Alaniz, Managing Partner at Reed Smith LLP’s Dallas office and a board member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association, pursued a legal career to create a better life for himself and others. “I come from humble beginnings,” he explains. “My parents were young when they had me and worked multiple jobs to support […]

Maxime Matthew

Maxime Matthew, an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, has a dynamic portfolio encompassing antitrust matters, intellectual property cases, and complex multidistrict litigation. They also are involved in extensive pro bono work, including challenging Arkansas’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Their work on that case, Brandt v. Rutledge, helps prevent Matthew, who is trans […]

Anya Marino

Finding Motivation in Hardship Anya Marino serves as the Director of LGBTQI+ Equality at the National Women’s Law Center, a role that marks a historic milestone as the first instance of a trans woman of color leading LGBTQ+ legal and policy advocacy within a prominent national social justice organization. Marino is also a 2023 recipient […]

Meg York

Striving to Give Everyone a Seat at the Table Ms. York is the Director of LGBTQ+ Family Law and Policy and Senior Policy Counsel at Family Equality. She advocates for LGBTQ+ individuals and families who have been denied a seat at the table, living true to her original motivation to pursue a career in law. […]

Kate Mozynski (They/Them)

Helping Folks Around the World Kate Mozynski is a very well traveled advocate for both the LGBTQ+ community and for all people in need. Mozynski has known what they wanted to do since they were in high school, when they joined their speech and debate team. There they found a love for speaking, debate, and […]