Specialty Bar Associations: Colorado LGBT Bar Association
President Rachel Catt talks about legislative wins and legal ground left to cover

by Doug Chartier

The Colorado LGBT Bar Association is among the smaller affinity bar associations, but as president Rachel Catt describes it, it’s rapidly growing and performing beyond what its size might lead one to believe. The organization has a long list of activities and initiatives and has been active in lobbying at the legislature and the state Supreme Court.

A Busy Year

Catt said the organization has seen growth in 2019. Despite being one of the smaller bar associations, as of October, the organization had 223 active members with about 500 on the listserv. She said the organization has had steady growth since the beginning of the year.

In terms of other numbers, the LGBT Bar Association Foundation awarded two fall scholarships of $10,000 each to a student from DU Sturm College of Law and a student from the University of Colorado Law School. The annual gala, held in September, also raised roughly $35,000, Catt said, which will fund future scholarships.

At the gala, the LGBT Bar Association recognized Christine Brown with its Ally of the Year Award for her pro bono work helping transgender clients seeking asylum. The organization also awarded DU Sturm College of Law associate dean Catherine Smith with its Attorney of the Year Award for her work on the school’s Diversity and Inclusiveness initiative.

The organization’s growth and fundraising success might have something to do with the busy calendar. With a full slate of lobbying activity and amicus briefs, judicial nominating commission endorsements and an event just about every month, the members stay busy. Catt gave the rundown of events: socials, CLEs about newsmaking topics such as the military transgender ban and same-sex common law marriage, a reception at the governor’s mansion, participating in the Pride Parade for the first time (with the banner “No, we’re not that kind of bar”)

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