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LGBT Caucus

All members who identify as a member of the LGBT community, or as an ally, can join the LGBT Caucus, a networking group that focuses on membership, fundraising, education, and public service.

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LGBT Caucus: Expanding Its Impact, Growing Its Membership

While the LGBT Caucus is AAJ's newest caucus, it has grown quickly.  To help members keep connected, the caucus hosts virtual monthly happy hours and meets in person at AAJ's conventions.
Interested in joining? All  AAJ members who identify as a member of the LGBT community, or as an ally, are welcome.

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2022-2023 Caucus Leadership

  • Chair: Guy D'Andrea | Laffey Bucci Kent, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chair-Elect: Stephen G. Skinner | Skinner Law Firm, Charles Town, WV
  • Treasurer: Casey R. Johnson | Aitken*Aitken*Cohn, Santa Ana, CA
  • Secretary: Breean Walas | Walas Law Firm, PLLC, Little Rock, AR
  • Immediate Past Chair & Representative to the AAJ Board of Governors: Amy Heins | Monge & Associates, Charleston, SC
Wool-Yaeger-Cabraser Scholarship

To further the their outreach, the caucus has created a convention scholarship. This scholarship funds the attendance of a LGBT trial lawyer member to attend AAJ's annual convention. AAJ's conventions are the best way to connect and learn from a national network of leading trial lawyers.

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June Is LGBT Caucus Spotlight Month

While the LGBT Caucus may be AAJ's newest caucus, it has quickly established itself as a valuable and engaged part of the trial lawyer community. Over 900 AAJ members who self-identify as a member of the LGBT community or as an LGBT ally, have joined, and all voting members are welcome.

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Shenoa Payne

Shenoa Payne Attorney at Law, PC Portland, OR
past Chair, LGBT Caucus Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Academy Graduate

Shenoa focuses her practice on appellate law, disability rights, employment discrimination, and housing discrimination. As a past chair, she is proud of how the caucus has grown and looks forward expanding the caucus's reach. "Both LGBT members and allies have rallied together to grow the caucus and give it a strong, meaningful voice. I am continuously inspired by the support we receive from AAJ and the broader community. I consider the relationships I have developed as part of this caucus as some of the most important in both my professional and personal life."

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Update your profile to self-identify as LGBT or an ally, join the list server, and join our closed Facebook group to keep up-to-date with caucus events and activities. Contact AAJ Membership to get started. Contact Us