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.

SOGI News

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Publications

Live Safe: Your ID Documentation and Records After Gender Transitioning Pamphlet

Tax Information

IRS FAQ for Same Sex Married Couples

Illinois Law Consumer Videos

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Committee Roster

  • Mary L. Milano, IL Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Chicago, Chair
  • Heidi E. Ramos, Prairie State Legal Services, Peoria, Vice-Chair
  • Rachael N. Toft, Law Offices of Rachael Toft, Chicago, Secretary
  • Deidre Baumann, Baumann & Shuldiner, Chicago, Ex-Officio
  • Azar Alexander, Riley Safer Holmes Cancila LLP, Chicago, Member
  • Rachael Bernal, Law Office of Jennifer L Bennett, Chicago, Member
  • Brian E. Fliflet, Illinois Department of Revenue, Chicago, Member
  • Norden S. Gilbert, DeKalb, Member
  • Michael K. Goldberg, Goldberg Law Group, Chicago, Member
  • Mx. Elisabeth Hieber, Center for Disability & Elder Law, Chicago, Member
  • Carol L. Jones, Metz + Jones LLC, Chicago, Member
  • Olivia St. Clair Long, O. Long Law, LLC, Evanston, Member
  • John W. Moore, John W Moore PC, Chicago, Member
  • Tony E. Rothert, ACLU of Missouri Foundation, Edwardsville, Member
  • Jennifer A. Shaw, The Shaw Law Group PC, Edwardsville, Member/CLE Coordinator
  • Jill A. Silverstein, SilversteinWolf LLC, Saint Louis, Member
  • Mario Sullivan, Johnson & Sullivan Ltd, Chicago, Member
  • Rachael N. Toft, Law Offices of Rachael Toft, Chicago, Member
  • TJ J. Walczak, Walczak Law Group PC, Chicago, Member
  • Richard A. Wilson, Richard A Wilson PC Law Offices, Chicago, Member
  • Diana Christine Taylor, S.T. Legal Group, Deerfield, Board Liaison
  • Melissa L. Burkholder, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Staff Liaison