We are one of the nation's first bar associations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) legal community and one of the largest and most active organizations of its kind in the country.

The LGBT Bar Association of New York (LGBT Bar NY) provides its members with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and expand their legal network. As an accredited CLE provider, LGBT Bar NY offers programs throughout the year covering LGBTQ-specific topics & beyond, including classes aimed at making you a more efficient practitioner. Members are also able to join one of our many Committees or Sections, including: Family and Matrimonial Law Section, In-House Corporate Counsel Committee, Judiciary Committee, Solo and Small Law Firm Practitioners Committee, Diversity Committee, and Public Interest Law Committee.

Through the Association, LGBT Bar NY also offers its members access to client referrals through its Pro Bono Panel (PBP) and Lawyer Referral Network (LRN). This provides opportunities for solo lawyers, law firms, and legal services organizations to assist the community by offering pro bono services through the PBP, or to obtain potential fee-paying clients through the LRN.

Learn more about some of our Association's initiatives below:

CLE Program

CLE Programs

LGBT Bar NY is a NYS CLE accredited provider. We host CLEs on a variety of topics, with a special focus on timely LGBTQ+ specific legal issues and perspectives.

Visit our CLE Program page



Networking & Community

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of programs and events to help you connect with other LGBTQ+ and allied professionals outside the courtroom. 

Visit our Networking & Community page


Career Development

Career Development

Whether it's pre-law, law school, making partner, or taking the bench, we're here to support all phases of your legal career. 

Visit our Career Development page

Judicial Program

Judicial Ratings

Since 1995, LGBT Bar NY's Judiciary Committee has been interviewing judicial candidates for local and state elections to determine if their views and objectives align with our mission and values. 

Visit our Judicial Ratings page





LGBT Bar NY strives to ensure full equality for LGBTQ individuals and to increase access to justice by providing free legal services to members of our community. 

Visit our Advocacy page