The National LGBT Bar Association (LGBT Bar) announced Friday that veteran human rights lawyer Judi O’Kelley will take the role of Chief Program Officer. Her official start date is slated for November 15.
O’Kelley is the former Director of Leadership at Lambda Legal and comes to the Bar with years of experience in business and program development. O’Kelley served in a number of roles at Lambda over the past 11 years. Before that, she served as the lead plaintiff in O’Kelley v Perdue, which sought to strike down Georgia’s anti-marriage amendment.
O’Kelley spent her early legal career in private practice, including at LGBT Bar sponsor Jones Day. O’Kelley has her B.A. from Colorado College and her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.
“Judi is the perfect addition to our team,” said D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the LGBT Bar. “Her knowledge of the legal field, law students, the LGBT community, and the intersection of the three will undoubtedly have a major impact on the way the Bar interacts with our partners and supporters. We cannot wait to see where she takes us in the coming months.”
O’Kelley will play a large role in the planning and production of the LGBT Bar’s 30th Annual Conference & Career Fair, Lavender Law, taking place on August 8-10, 2018, in New York City. She will also have primary responsibilities in working with law schools, affiliated bar associations, and the organization’s popular joint venture with NCLR, the LGBT Family Law Institute (FLI).
“I am thrilled to be joining the outstanding team at the National LGBT Bar Association,” O’Kelley told The Seattle Lesbian. “As we head into 2018 and toward the 30th annual Lavender Law Conference next summer, it’s clear that our mission to support the LGBT legal profession in all of its beautiful diversity is needed as much as it was 30 years ago. I’m honored to be part of this critical work for justice and equality, and to bring a West Coast staff presence to the Bar!”
The LGBT Bar is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The association promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.