In 2005, Michael Heath and Beth Barrett Bloom were brought together by the Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute, a program of the WSBA designed to recruit and train diverse leaders of the bar. Cognizant that no formal LGBT bar association had existed for quite some time, the two set out to organize what would become QLaw. In the summer of 2005, with the help of a devoted group of initial board members, QLaw was born. Mike and Beth guided QLaw through the first three years of its existence, watching QLaw’s membership grow and its influence and respect in the community rapidly increase.

At its heart, QLaw is a voluntary bar association for GLBT legal professionals and their friends. QLaw holds an annual banquet, quarterly social hours, a variety of CLEs, and a mentor/mentee program, among other things. The QLaw Foundation, a separate 501c3 organization, conducts the work of the At-Risk Youth Committee, and the Summer Public Interest Grant Program, a program to give law students experience working on LGBT-rights issues with Washington legal organizations.

QLaw looks forward to future growth and keeping its members connected to each other, to the legal community and to the community at large.

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