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The Section was first proposed as the Gay and Lesbian Law Section and was voted down by the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas in April 1996. View the article in The BAHR Reporter.

The Section was next proposed as the more inclusive Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues Section and was provisionally approved by the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors in April 1998. The Section completed its provisional status and was finally approved by the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors in April 2000. 

The Section's formation was featured by the State Bar of Texas in its historic timeline showing key points in the Bar's 75 year history. The Section was the first of its kind in any state bar association in the nation. 

In 2010, the Section changed its name to the LGBT Law Section. The term "LGBT" is now part of the mainstream vernacular when it was not when the Section was founded. The Council of Chairs' Executive Committee, the Council of Chairs, the Board of Directors' Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors all unanimously voted to approve the name change. The name change took effect on June 11, 2010 by the unanimous vote of the Section members at its annual meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Subscription to Lesbian/Gay Law Notes;
  • Discounted membership to the National LGBT Bar Association;
  • Discounts to all Section sponsored State Bar of Texas CLE programs, including co-sponsored TexasBarCLE webcasts;
  • Access to the LGBT Law Section listserv;
  • Receive periodic e-mail alerts regarding matters of concern to members of the Section and informing you of opportunities to participate in committees; and
  • Networking at annual meeting reception and other section events.

Lesbian/Gay Law Notes reports on LGBT and AIDS/HIV legal developments. It tracks significant new legislation, court decisions, administrative rulings and executive actions and highlights publications of interest. In addition, it serves as an information exchange about job postings in the public interest, lesbian/gay rights legal field and relays information about conferences and publication opportunities. Its focus is primarily U.S. law, but also reports on global developments from time to time. Law Notes is edited and chiefly written by Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, author of “Sexuality and the Law: An Encyclopedia of Major Legal Cases” (Garland, 1993) and numerous articles on lesbian/gay and AIDS legal issues with a staff of volunteer writers consisting of lawyers, law school graduates and current law students. Published monthly (combined July/August summer issue).

Past and Present Council Chairs
  • 2016-2017 Chair Gary Schumann and 2015-2016 Chair Fred Sultan​

    2016-2017 Chair Gary Schumann and 2015-2016 Chair Fred Sultan
  • 2014-15 Chair John V. Trevino, Jr., and 2015-16 Chair Frederick W. Sultan IV
    2014-15 Chair John V. Trevino, Jr., and 2015-16 Chair Frederick W. Sultan IV
  • 2014-15 Chair John V. Trevino, Jr., and 2013-14 Chair Shelly Skeen
    2014-15 Chair John V. Trevino, Jr., and 2013-14 Chair Shelly Skeen
  • 2013-14 Chair Shelly Skeen and 2012-2013 Chair Jacqueline Houlette
    2013-14 Chair Shelly Skeen and 2012-2013 Chair Jacqueline Houlette
  • 2012-13 Chair Jacqueline Houlette and 2011-12 Chair Matt McChesney
    2012-13 Chair Jacqueline Houlette and 2011-12 Chair Matt McChesney
  • 2011-2012 Chair Matt McChesney and 2010-2011 Chair Eduardo Juarez
    2011-2012 Chair Matt McChesney and 2010-2011 Chair Eduardo Juarez
  • 2007-2008 Chair Karen Langsley and 2016-16 Chair Frederick W. Sultan IV 

    2007-2008 Chair Karen Langsley and 2015-16 Chair Frederick W. Sultan IV

photos © Christopher Walter

Meet the LGBT Law Section Council
COUNCIL OFFICERS: Contact: 
 Gary Schumann, Chair
 Claire Bow, Vice-Chair  
 Ernest Herrera, Secretary
 Nichole LeBoeuf, Treasurer
 
 EX-OFFICIO:

Contact: 
 Fred Sultan, Immediate Past Chair
 John TrevinoPast Chair
 Shelly Skeen, Past Chair
 
COUNCIL MEMBERS:

Contact: 
 Elizabeth Brenner
 Matthew Heberlein
 Ashlee Dunham
 Brett Christiansen

BOARD ADVISORS:
 
Contact:
Travis Torrence, Board Advisor
 Wendy Burgower, Alternate Board Advisor
2015-2016
2014-2015
 Fred Sultan
John V. Trevino, Jr.
2013-2014 Shelly L. Skeen
2012-2013 Jacqueline Houlette
2011-2012 Matt McChesney
2010-2011 Eduardo Juarez
2009-2010 Christopher Walter
2008-2009 Patricia Cantu
2007-2008 Karen Langsley
2006-2007 Teresa Cain
2005-2006 Mike Grable
2004-2005 Jerry Simoneaux
2003-2004 Rick Thompson
2002-2003 John A. Nechman
2001-2002 Richard J. Clarkson
2000-2001 Phyllis R. Frye
1999-2000 Charles A. Spain, Jr.
1998-1999 Mitchell Katine