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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The mission of ISBA Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

  • To educate attorneys, judges, the Association, and members of the general public about the law as it relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") persons;
  • to promote the fair and equal treatment of LGBT individuals by identifying the types of discrimination that LGBT persons experience and pursuing appropriate forms of education, legislation, and advocacy to eliminate such discrimination; and
  • to further the professional development of LGBT attorneys and law students, as well as practitioners who serve LGBT clients, by creating programming, mentoring opportunities, and other resources that support their professional needs and interests.


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Committee Roster

  • Brian E. Fliflet, Illinois Department of Revenue, Chicago, Chair
  • Kathryn E. Eisenhart, Eisenhart Law Office, Springfield, Vice-Chair
  • Lauren J. Pashayan, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Springfield, Secretary
  • Carol L. Jones, Metz + Jones LLC, Chicago, Ex-Officio
  • Deidre Baumann, Baumann & Shuldiner, Chicago, Member
  • Norden S. Gilbert, DeKalb, Member
  • Michael K. Goldberg, Goldberg Law Group, Chicago, Member
  • Hon. Nancy J. Katz, JAMS, Chicago, Member
  • Rachel Kurz, Fidelis Legal, Frankfort, Member
  • Mary L. Milano, IL Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Chicago, Member
  • Heidi E. Ramos, SIU School Of Law, Murphysboro, Member
  • Tony E. Rothert, ACLU of Missouri Foundation, Edwardsville, Member
  • Jennifer A. Shaw, The Shaw Law Group PC, Edwardsville, Member/CLE Coordinator
  • Mario Sullivan, Johnson & Sullivan Ltd, Chicago, Member
  • TJ J. Walczak, Walczak Hernandez PC, Chicago, Member
  • Ava M. George Stewart, Law Office of Ava George Stewart, Chicago, Board Liaison
  • Melissa L. Burkholder, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Staff Liaison
  • Amanda G. Highlander, The Shaw Law Group PC, Edwardsville, CLE Coordinator
  • Annemarie E. Kill, Avery | Kill, LLC, Chicago, CLE Committee Liaison