The purpose of the Section is to promote equality in the law for LGBTQ+ people; to combat the tide of anti-LGBTQ+, including transphobic, laws and regulations; eliminate discrimination against LGBTQ+ attorneys and litigants; support equality of opportunity for, and increase the visibility of, contributions made by LGBTQ+ attorneys; and promote diversity within the judiciary by inclusion of all underrepresented groups, including LGBTQ+ people.

To learn more about this Section, please contact Ernesto Guerrero
[email protected]
(518) 487-5535

Sam Buchbauer

Sam Buchbauer

Sam currently serves as the Chair of the LGBTQ+ Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He has moderated virtual CLEs for the Section, including “Representing LGBTQ Clients and Ethical Considerations”. He has also been panelist for the CLE program entitled “LGBTQ+ Estate Planning: Inclusivity Considerations When Planning for LGBTQ+ Clients” before the Schenectady Bar Association. He has previously served as Chair of the Membership Committee for the LGBTQ+ Law Section and the Co-Chair of NYSBA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Sam Buchbauer is an associate attorney at Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP and practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and residential real estate. He regularly assists clients in meeting their estate planning goals and guiding Executors through the estate administration process. Sam also represents clients in real estate matters, including coops, condos, houses, and HDFCs in the New York metropolitan area.

Sam received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He received his B.A. from Syracuse University.

Online Community

New York State Bar Association Files Amicus Brief With U.S. Supreme Court To Protect LGBTQ Rights And Foster Children

State Bar endorses civil marriage to provide full equity to same-sex couples and families – June 2009

Report of the Special Committee to Study Issues Affecting Same-Sex Couples – 2004

Marriage Equality Act – 2011

LGBTQ+ Vanguard Award

The 2024 LGBTQ+ Vanguard Award

The LGBTQ Law Section wishes to celebrate the amazing dedication and achievement that members of the community have given to the legal profession. As more LGBTQ+ persons attend law school, join NYSBA, seek leadership positions and career support, and demand greater equality in the law and parity in the workforce, we have a responsibility to celebrate those LGBTQ+ and allied lawyers in their tireless work in ensuring the future prosperity and success of the LGBTQ+ community.

There are thousands of LGBTQ+ lawyers and allies in New York, who for decades have been at the forefront of the profession. In many cases, they have been the lawyers and advocates who have made social change possible at the state and national level. It is critical to celebrate these incredible people for their drive and ambition that has made it possible for the LGBTQ+ community to come closer to true equality.

Contact: [email protected]

Nomination Deadline: October 30, 2023

Date Presented: 2024 Annual Meeting

Prize Awarded: The recipient will receive a recognition award and a complimentary one-year membership in the Association and the LGBTQ Law Section


2023- Amy E. Schwartz-Wallace, Esq., Empire Justice Center
Michelle Kahn, Esq., Kahn & Goldberg, LLP (Inaugural Award)

Breathe Into It: How Intentional Breathing Can Help You Manage Stress

Breathe Into It: How Intentional Breathing Can Help You Manage Stress, Presented on November 8, 2021

The Rainbow Workforce: Panel Discussion with LGBTQ+ Identified Recent Grads and Law Students

Rainbow Workforce

NY Law Student Virtual Coffee Hour: LGBTQ+ Law and Policy During the Biden Administration

March 9- LGBTQ Law and Policy


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