LGBTQ Attorneys

ABA group offers $5K scholarships to support LGBT public interest work

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Law students or recent law school graduates who plan to work in the LGBTQ public interest field still have a few days to apply for a new scholarship being offered by the ABA's Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

SOGI announced that it will provide two $5,000 scholarships to law students or recent law school graduates studying for the bar exam who are either LGBTQ or have secured an internship or job with an organization engaged in work that impacts the LGBTQ community.

This can include working for community-based or non-governmental organizations; doing policy work in a governmental or non-governmental setting; teaching or doing academic research; or working in any program that promotes and protects the rule of law and the civil and human rights of LGBTQ individuals, according to the scholarship guidelines.

“There is always a need for more advocacy for LGBT issues, particular with civil rights and human rights, and it is tough for law students and recent law graduates to do that work,” says Jeffrey Brodin, co-chair of the SOGI Commission Scholarship Committee. “We wanted to provide a vehicle to make it possible for them to engage in the kind of work that we think is so important.”

The SOGI commission plans to continue to award two $5,000 scholarships through the new ABA SOGI LGBT Scholarship Program each year with the support of charitable donations, Brodin says.

The 2019 application deadline is June 10.

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