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Finding aid to the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles records, 1989-2011

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Ansley, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association.
Title
Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles records
Collection no.
Coll2012.183
Date [inclusive]
1989-2011
Extent
3.4 linear feet., 3 archive boxes + 1 archive carton + 2 banners.
Language
English
Abstract
Materials relating to the activities of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles from 1989 to 2011, with the bulk of materials pertaining to the 1990s. The materials include board meeting minutes, correspondence, news clippings, publicity, information regarding organizational events (primarily programs, flyers, invitations, and event budgets), and legal briefs. The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association, formerly known as Lawyers for Human Rights, was founded in 1979 and went on to be involved in numerous cases and legislative initiatives that responded to employment discrimination against members of the LGBT community and people with HIV/AIDS.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Records, Coll2012-183, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Administrative History

The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LGLA), formerly known as Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), was founded in 1979 by Susan McGreivy, whose work at the The Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center inspired her idea for a gay lawyers group that could advocate for the rights of community members, and Ray Hatler, who did most of the initial organizing and served as the organisation's first president. Their first meeting took place in the Old Spaghetti Factory on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

The organization emerged, in part, as a consequence of battles over Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in California. The organization would go on to be involved in numerous cases and legislative initiatives that responded to employment discrimination against members of the LGBT community and people with HIV/AIDS, including Assembly Bill 101, a bill that was proposed in 1991, during the height of the AIDS crisis, that sought to outlaw job discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill was vetoed by Governor Pete Wilson, igniting a backlash from the LGBT community that eventually led to the passage of another anti-discrimination bill, Assembly Bill 2601 in 1992.

During this same period, the Lawyers for Human Rights adopted a transitional title, Lawyers for Human Rights: The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association, that's aim was to celebrate the new freedoms gained by gays and lesbians over the previous decade and to better represent the organisation's membership and goals. In October 2002, at its 21st Annual Dinner, the organization adopted its current name, the Lesbian and Gay Lawyer's Association, a move that was seen as a final "coming out" for the organization.

Today, the organisation's primary activities include making judicial endorsements, writing amicus briefs, participating in the Los Angeles County Bar Association and State Bar Association Conferences, and providing education, networking, and social opportunities for LGBT lawyers. Regular events include their Annual Anniversary Dinner, events at the Hollywood Bowl, the Summer Associates Reception, and networking opportunities with other LGBT organizations.

Sources:

Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Records, Coll2012-183, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

"History: Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles," http://www.lgla.net/lgla/about/ (last accessed January 22, 2013).

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials relating to the activities of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association from 1989 to 2011, with the bulk of materials pertaining to the 1990s. The materials include board meeting minutes, correspondence, news clippings, publicity, information regarding organizational events (primarily programs, flyers, invitations, and event budgets), and a selection of legal briefs. The publicity and news clippings contain significant information regarding the controversy over Assembly Bill 101, an anti-discrimination bill vetoed by Pete Wilson in 1991, the backlash from the LGBT community that resulted, and the eventual passage of Assembly 2601 in 1992. The collection also includes news clippings and legal briefings pertaining to discrimination against gays in the military.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Administrative records

Series 2. Events records

Series 3. Amicus committee

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, represented by Rose Eustachio, August 18, 2012.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Ansley, January 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following newsletters have been separated from the collection and cataloged into ONE Archives' periodicals collection:

Lawyers for Human Rights Reporter, The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Los Angeles, 1989-1999

Tom Homann Law Association Newsletter, San Diego's Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Bar Association, 1999

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lawyers for Human Rights (California, U.S.)

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes

Subject(s)

  • Gays--Law and legislation
  • Homosexuality--Law and legislation
  • Legal assistance to gays--California--Los Angeles
  • Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Administrative records 1989-2011 

Series Description

This series consists of materials related to the general day-to-day administrative activities of LGLA. It includes board meeting minutes, bylaws, correspondence, endorsements, treasures' reports, retreat notes, membership records, memoranda, project reports, newsletters, program announcements, banners and publicity and news clippings from roughly 1989 through 2011. The series also includes records from various committees within LGLA.

Arrangement

Records from LGLA's Board of Governors and committees are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Board of Governors materials 1999-2010   [9 folders]

1 1-9

 Committees 

1 10-18
Box Folder

 Administrative assistant/mailing committee 1998 

1 10

 Committee assignments 1992 

1 21

 Communications committee 2009 

1 11

 Legislation committee 1992 

1 12

 Mediation/dispute resolution services (DRS) committee 1992 

1 13

 Membership committee 1992-2009   [3 folders]

1 14-16

 Law student committee 2000 

1 17

 Treasurer reports 2009-2010 

1 18

 Administrative assistant search, Pitney Bowes 1999 

1 19
Item

 Banners Undated 

BAN139-BAN140
Box Folder

 Bylaws 1991-1998 

1 20

 Corporate sponsorship, newsletter 1997 

1 22

 Correspondence 

1 23-28
Box Folder

 General 2001-2006 

1 24

 Co-president correspondence 2009-2010 

1 23

 Destouet, Maurice 1998   [4 folders]

1 25-28

 Endorsements 2009 

1 29

 Gregoire, David 1999 

1 30

 Law Notes 1999-2000   [3 folders]

1 33-35

 Law students 2009-2010 

1 36

 Lemke, Mark 1999 

1 37

 Littleton, Chris 1993-1997 

1 38

 Logos Undated 

1 39

 Los Angeles County Bar Association affiliate status 1999 

1 31

 Los Angeles Police Commissioners report on Los Angeles civil unrest 1992 

1 32

 Mediation project 1992 

1 43

 Membership 1991-1992 

1 41

 Membership legal recruiting coordinator 1992 

1 40

 Membership survey project 1992 

1 42

 Name change 1992 

1 44

 Newsletter information and sources, advertisers 1997-1998 

1 45

 Newsletter materials and program announcements 1989-1993 

1 46

 Newsletter materials and program announcements 1989-1993 

2 1

 Newsletter correspondence 1999-2000 

2 2

 No on Knight endorsement form 2000 

2 3

 Officer elections 1991-1992   [2 folders]

2 4-5

 Press release 1992 

2 6

 Public relations and publicity 1999-2009   [2 folders]

2 7-8

 Publicity and news clippings 1990-1992   [10 folders]

2 9-18

 Queer defense project 1991 

2 19

 Retreat notes and material 1991-2011   [5 folders]

2 20-24

 Sandoval, Omar 1999 

2 25

 Scholarships 2000   [2 folders]

2 26-27

 Statements to Rodney King beating verdicts 1992 

2 28

 Support of AB 101 1999 

2 29

 Survey 1992 

2 30

 Taxes 1999 

2 31

 Social networking 2009 

2 32

 Website 2000   [2 folders]

2 33-34

 Women's caucus 1992 

2 35

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Series 2:  Series 2.  Events records 1990-2011 

Series Description

This series contains programs, invitations, meeting minutes, budgets, memoranda, flyers and other publicity related to events taking place between 1992 and 2011 that were organized or co-sponsored by LGLA. In particular, the series contains materials pertaining to LGLA's Annual Awards and Installation Dinners, and Summer Associates Receptions.

Arrangement

Records related to LGLA's annual installation/awards dinner events are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

 Annual award and installation dinners 1992-2009   [16 folders]

2 36-51

 Annual award and installation dinners 1999-2011   [3 folders]

3 1-3

 Programs-conference 1990-1992   [3 folders]

3 4-6

 Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) affiliates meeting 1992 

3 7

 Programs committee meetings 1992 

3 8

 Pride parade 1992 

3 9

 Project 10 matters 1992 

3 10

 Day at the Races 1999 

3 11

 Event flyers, mailings 1999 

3 12

 Hollywood Bowl 1999   [2 folders]

3 13-14

 June event 1999 

3 15

 Magic Castle event 1999 

3 16

 Sheila Kuehl event 1999   [2 folders]

3 17-18

 Southwestern Bar Association fair 1999 

3 19

 Summer associates reception 1999-2000   [2 folders]

3 20-21

 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bar Association Day 1999 

3 22

 Co-sponsorship of other events 2000 

3 23

 Maxine Waters event 2000 

3 24

 MCBA dinners, calendar 2000 

3 25

 Year 2000 calendar of events 2000 

3 26

 Flyers 2000-2001 

3 27

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Series 3:  Series 3. Amicus committee 2002-2010 

Series Description

This series contains amicus briefs prepared by the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles' Amicus Committee. The amicus briefs contained in this series pertain to Sharon S. v. Superior Court of San Diego, John Geddes Lawrence and Tyrone Garner v. State of Texas, John Hensala v. Department of the Air Force, and Kristine Renee H. v. Lisa Anne R. Additionally, the series contains Amicus Committee correspondence and memoranda from 2002 to 2010.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

 Supreme Court of California Sharon S. v. Superior Court of San Diego 2002 

3 28

 Supreme Court of the United States John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner v. State of Texas 2002 

3 29

 United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit John Hensala v. Department of the Air Force 2002 

3 30-35

 United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit John Hensala v. Department of the Air Force 2002 

4 1-2

 Supreme Court of California Kristine Renee H. v. Lisa Ann R. 2004 

4 3-5

 Correspondence 2004 

4 6

 Amicus committee records 2010 

4 7

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