DALLAS, TX—The Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) has unanimously voted to recognize the Dallas LGBT Bar Association (Dallas LGBT Bar) as a “sister bar association.” The vote came at DBA’s board meeting on October 15. Sister-bar status recognizes the work that the Dallas LGBT Bar has done since its predecessor formed nearly 30 years ago.
“This is a historic moment for our community,” said Mario Nguyen, president of the Dallas LGBT Bar and attorney at Locke Lord LLP in Dallas. “When our predecessor organization was first formed in 1993, the group met in secret,” he continued. “Ten years later the Supreme Court decided Lawrence v. Texas, and another dozen years after that, it assured marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges.” But until now, no general bar association in Texas has recognized its local LGBT+ bar association as a “sister bar.”