The National LGBTQ+ Bar’s Law Student Congress is the only national LGBTQ+ law student organization in the nation. It is involved in organizing the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair and administering the annual Michael Greenberg Writing Competition and Student Leadership Award. The Law Student Congress promotes regional and national interaction between LGBTQ+ law students and lawyers and helps LGBTQ+ students build contacts within the profession. It also engages in activism of concern to law students.
The Law Student Congress is led by an Executive Board, with either one Chair or two Co-Chairs (who shall be either 2L or 3L law students), a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a number of at-large Board Members which may range from 4-8 (At-Large members may be either 1L, 2L or 3L law students). All Executive Board members shall be active law student members of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association. The Executive Board sets the agenda for the Law Student Congress, in conjunction with and with the support of the Programs Manager, Patrick O’Brien, and, Chief Program & Policy Officer, Judi O’Kelley, of the National LGBTQ+ Bar.
The Executive Board meets on a monthly basis from August through June. The Chair/Co-Chairs shall call an annual meeting of the Congress, to be held in person during the National LGBTQ+ Bar’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, and at least one mid-year meeting per year, to be held via teleconference or video conference. All law student members of the National LGBTQ+ Bar and all members of Law School Affiliate groups are eligible to attend such meetings. Any Law School Affiliate chair or any active law student member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar may contact the Chair/Co-Chairs or the Secretary to request a special meeting.
The Law Student Congress meets several times a year, including at least one in-person meeting at the annual LGBTQ+ Bar Lavender Law® Conference in the summer and at least two additional phone meetings over the course of the year. Board Members are expected to attend these meetings; all other student members of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association are members of the Law Student Congress and may participate in these meetings.
For more information about the Student Congress, please contact Chair, Wenxi Lu (she/her) at email@example.com.
Law Student Congress Board
Wenxi Lu (she/her)
ChairThe Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Celina Flores (they/them)
TreasurerPenn State Dickinson Law
Kas Caton (they/them)
SecretaryKansas School of Law
Charlie Ferguson (they/them)
At-Large MemberUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School
Ce-Lai Powell Fong (she/her)
At-Large MemberUniversity of California Irvine, School of Law
Earl Gilbert (he/him)
At-Large MemberThe George Washington University Law School
Bret Jacob (they/them)
1L RepresentativeBoston College Law School
August E. Naston (he/they)
At-Large MemberFordham Law School
Justin Norris (he/they)
At-Large MemberColumbia Law School