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.


View SOGI news at Illinois Lawyer Now.


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

Tax Information

IRS FAQ for Same Sex Married Couples

Illinois Law Consumer Videos

Videos produced in cooperation with ISBA Sections and Committees. See all Illinois Law videos on YouTube.

Committee Roster

  • Deidre Baumann, Baumann & Shuldiner, Chicago, Chair
  • Mary L. Milano, IL Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Chicago, Vice-Chair
  • Heidi E. Ramos, Prairie State Legal Services, Peoria, Secretary
  • Kathryn E. Eisenhart, Eisenhart Law Office, Springfield, Ex-Officio
  • Azar Alexander, Riley Safer Holmes Cancila LLP, Chicago, Member
  • Brian E. Fliflet, Illinois Department of Revenue, Chicago, Member
  • Norden S. Gilbert, DeKalb, Member
  • Michael K. Goldberg, Goldberg Law Group, Chicago, Member
  • Carol L. Jones, Metz + Jones LLC, Chicago, Member
  • Hon. Nancy J. Katz, Ret., JAMS, Chicago, 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
  • Rachael N. Toft, Law Offices of Rachael Toft, Chicago, Member
  • TJ J. Walczak, Walczak Law Group PC, Chicago, Member
  • Ava M. George Stewart, Chicago, Board Liaison
  • Melissa L. Burkholder, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Staff Liaison
  • Annemarie E. Kill, Avery | Kill, LLC, Chicago, CLE Committee Liaison