Member Spotlight

December 2020 Spotlight: Judge Mark Scurti (MD)

This month we feature Judge Mark Scurti. Judge Scurti serves on the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City. He is the current president of the Maryland State Bar Association. Q.  When did you become a judge and what was that process like? A.  I was appointed...

November 2020 Spotlight: Judge Sebastian Patti (IL)

As our November 2020 member spotlight, we are republishing this delightful interview with Judge Sebastian Patti, an LGBTQ trailblazer in the Illinois judiciary who now serves as an immigration judge in Los Angeles. This interview was published in the Windy City Times on August 7,...

October 2020 Spotlight: Judge Tiffany Palmer (PA)

Our October 2020 member spotlight features Judge Tiffany Palmer of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Family Court Division.  Judge Palmer is the newest member of our Association’s board of directors. Q. When did you become a judge and what was that process like?  I am...

Bi Visibility Month Spotlight: Judge Mike Jacobs (GA)

September is Bi Visibility Month and September 23 is Bi Visibility Day.  My name is Mike Jacobs.  I’m a trial judge on the State Court of DeKalb County, Georgia.  I’m bisexual and came out publicly in April 2018.  It’s been almost two and a half...

First Openly Gay State Supreme Court Justice to Retire

September 13, 2018 (Portland Tribune)—Justice Rives Kistler, who became the first openly LGBT state supreme court justice in the nation when he was appointed in 2003, will retire from the Oregon Supreme Court on December 31. Kistler announced his retirement Monday, September 10, in a letter...