September 29, 2006
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Crowd of 100 raises over $6,500 for LGBT law grants
Crowd of 100 raises over $6,500 for LGBT law grants
A spirited crowd of GLBT attorneys and supporters packed the Linda Hodges Gallery for an evening of great food, art, and entertainment. Spoken word performers from Bent: A Writing Institute wowed the crowd with words of power, rage, humor, and insight. A collective show by fourteen contemporary artists adorned the walls. The free event raised over $6,500 to support grants for law students seeking low or unpaid summer internships serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender ("LGBT") community or people with HIV/AIDS.

Addressing the crowd, Grant Committee Chair and QLaw Board member, Cynthia Buhr, explained the importance of this new initiative, which is the first of its kind in Washington. "Finding financial support for public interest legal work is a real challenge," Buhr said. "As a law student, I searched for a program like this one that would support my interest in LGBT legal issues. I found myself with very few options, which is a shame given the growing number of law students seeking to work in the area of LGBT rights.

"Establishing this grant program is a thrill because it will provide increased opportunities for students while giving back to our community."

Selected grant recipients will complete a 10-week summer internship with a nonprofit or government organization. Projects will promote LGBT rights or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Law students from Washington State law schools or those seeking to work in Washington State or for the benefit of Washington State residents will be preferred. Applications will be available in January and a grant recipient will be announced in April 2007.

If you missed the FallTacular, it is not too late to make a donation to the Summer Grant program. Checks payable to "GLBT Bar Association of Washington" may be sent care of: Matthew Carvalho 701 5th Avenue, Suite 6100, Seattle, WA 98104. QLaw is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

QLAW extends its deep appreciation to our sponsors: the Law Offices of James Newton (; Linda Hodges Gallery, the WSBA Committee for Diversity, Eagle Law Offices, PS (; Bergstedt Wolff PS, Carey Lillevik PLLC, Curran Mendoza, Durham & Meyers PLLC, Elysian Brewing Company, Lighthouse Document Technologies, McKisson Sargent & Oliason PS, Seattle Deposition Reporters, Spencer, Bushman, Anderson & Buhr PLLC and Thompson West.

Special thanks also goes to Greg Brisendine, Chad Goller-Sojourner, and Tara Hardy of Bent for their inspiring performance. ( Bent, dubbed the nation's only "little Queer writing institute that could," offers classes in poetry, fiction, memoir, and performance. Bent will host a writing workshop and performance by Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, on October 13-14.

City Catering ( supplied the crowd with fantastic food and drink.

QLAW: the GLBT Bar Association of Washington is an association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender legal professionals and their friends. QLAW serves as a voice for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender lawyers in the state of Washington on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and in the legal system.

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