The National LGBT Bar Association has named Erika Lorshbough ’12 one of the nation’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” Lorshbough serves as legislative counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), where she monitors and analyzes legislative activity and agency actions implicating civil rights and civil liberties. She also works with NYCLU’s coalition partners to promote community-driven law reform based upon constitutional principles.
Lorshbough is one of 40 young lawyers from across the United States who are being recognized for their expertise in their fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to LGBT equality. The awards will be presented during the organization’s Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair in Washington, DC, on August 5.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this recognition alongside so many dedicated and talented young LGBTQ attorneys,” said Lorshbough. “When New York enacted statewide marriage equality in 2011, I was working as part of Lambda Legal’s litigation team as an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow. That summer, one of my supervisors at Lambda received the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 recognition, and it reinforced my sense of how fortunate I was to be learning from him and contributing to his groundbreaking work. Brooklyn Law School’s public interest fellowships provided crucial support that made it possible for me to develop my legal skills at leading public interest organizations, with guidance from attorneys renowned for their achievements and service in the public interest.”
“This year’s ‘Best Under 40’ prove how necessary diversity is to a thriving legal community," said D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the National LGBT Bar Association. “These young attorneys represent the very best of the profession. They come from law firms, nonprofits, corporations, and the government. Their breadth of knowledge and legal expertise demonstrate the significant talent the LGBT community brings to the law, and highlight the impact a few can have on the greater good. We’re proud to honor them and all that they have accomplished.”
At Brooklyn Law School, Lorshbough was a student leader and established an economic justice pro bono project that equips students to provide legal services to public assistance recipients. In addition to receiving a Sparer Fellowship, she was honored with numerous public interest awards and legal fellowships, including the Professor John A. Ronayne Memorial Prize for Exceptional Commitment to Service in the Public Interest, the Platinum Public Service and Pro Bono Leadership Awards, and the Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest and Equal Justice Works/Americorps Summer Fellowships. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in public policy, from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.