LGBTQ Law Section
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
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.
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 Law Section Committee
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
2022- Michelle Kahn, Esq., Kahn & Goldberg, LLP (Inaugural Award)
NYSBA Pledges To Continue Its Fight for Equal Rights in Wake of U.S. Supreme Court Decision in LGBTQ+ Public Accommodations Case
LGBTQ Chair Sam Buchbauer Provides Strong Voice for LGBTQ+ Community
Incoming LGBTQ Law Section Chair Sam Buchbauer Says NYSBA Membership Makes National Impact
President Karson’s Statement on President Biden’s Decision to Lift Restrictions on Transgender Service Members
Breathe Into It: How Intentional Breathing Can Help You Manage Stress
The Rainbow Workforce: Panel Discussion with LGBTQ+ Identified Recent Grads and Law Students
NY Law Student Virtual Coffee Hour: LGBTQ+ Law and Policy During the Biden Administration
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