Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network Host Fundraiser Gala

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Now in its second year, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network (GLLN) is throwing a fundraising gala that features VIP champagne reception, food stations, and a silent auction all on one Sunday afternoon.

On April 21, Ted Scouten from CBS Miami will be emceeing the gala. This year proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will be donated to Gilda’s Club and Sunserve Counseling. Lea Krauss, President of GLLN and a criminal law attorney in Fort Lauderdale, said new organizations are chosen every year to donate to. Gilda’s Club, a cancer support organization, and Sunserve Counseling, an LGBT healthcare nonprofit, were chosen this year by the GLLN’s six-person board.

Before the gala, VIP ticket holders get a reception with champagne and caviar. The main event starts at 4 p.m. with a live jazz band and a silent auction featuring giveaways for hotels, restaurants, and gift baskets. A law student who won the GLLN essay contest will also be awarded a scholarship at the event.

Krauss said last year, the inaugural event sold an unexpected 200 tickets, which she hopes to meet again this year.

“We thought we’d get like 50 people last year, including the board and our significant others,” Krauss says. “We were floored when 200 tickets were sold, we just want to hit the same goal this year.” She said the same goes for the fundraising goal, hoping to raise $6,000.

So far, the GLLN has nearly 100 members in the local chapter. While South Florida-based, the chapter focuses mostly in Broward County. Miami-Dade has its own similar organization, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Association (GALLA).

The GLLN offers LGBT-friendly attorneys and business affiliates and serves as a network where these lawyers can increase their network. To join or purchase tickets to the gala, visit

If You Go:

When: April 21, 4-7 p.m. (VIP reception begins at 3:15)

Where: Hugh’s Catering

4351 NE 12th Terrace, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Tickets: $40 before April 12, $60 after, VIP tickets $80 before April 12, $100 after

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Photos by JR Davis

On April 4, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network (GLLN) held its Continuing Legal Education Luncheon.

The legal education speaker that day was the Honorable Lisa Porter, Circuit Judge for Broward County discussing Professionalism.

For more on GLLN, go to


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