A number of prominent area judges, among them Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, and legal professionals were in attendance when Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ( LAGBAC ) swore its new board at a reception the evening of Feb. 27.
Shortly before administering the incoming board's oaths, Evans praised the courage of legal personnel who were unafraid of being out within their professional lives, adding that the majority of colleagues within the profession were supportive.
"The only way for the [overall] community to survive is [when] everyone feels they can support each one of us," Evans said.
Judge Mary Catherine Marubio gave keynote remarks. She also emphasized the need for changing the culture and building community within the legal profession, noting, "It's still important that we take care of each other and remind ourselves what community is."
LAGBAC's Matthew Janusch, who was chair of the organization's nominating committee, said that the organization had a "proud history of celebrating diversity" reflected in the incoming leadership.
"I am proud of the diversity our board represents," Janusch said.
The Feb. 27 event was held at the offices of the Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck law firm.