Malcolm ‘Skip’ Harsch

Malcolm ‘Skip’ Harsch

Skip currently works at the American Bar Association where he is the Director of the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.  As director of the Commission, Skip oversees and is involved in the planning and implementation of many of the ABA’s LGBT initiatives including; LGBT advocacy, ABA policy work, and legal educational programming. Prior to joining the ABA team, Skip spent the better part of four years practicing LGBT family law in Chicago.

Skip is a native of Illinois with strong ties to the Midwest. He received his bachelor of science from the University of Iowa and his JD from DePaul University College of law. While at DePaul, Skip began his association and non-profit crusade as a summer intern for Lambda Legal. Skip is currently on the executive board of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) at the Chicago Bar Association (CBA).  In addition to his service for the CBA YLS, Skip sits on the board of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) and is a former board member of the National LGBT Bar Association.  Skip is also very active with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.  He is currently the Vice President of the foundations’ Civil Leadership Council.

Skip is a native of Illinois with strong ties to the Midwest. He received his bachelor of science from the University of Iowa and his JD from DePaul University College of law. While at DePaul, Skip began his association and non-profit crusade as a summer intern for Lambda Legal. Skip is currently on the executive board of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) at the Chicago Bar Association (CBA).  In addition to his service for the CBA YLS, Skip sits on the board of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) and is a former board member of the National LGBT Bar Association.  Skip is also very active with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.  He is currently the Vice President of the foundations’ Civil Leadership Council.

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Guest Appearances
March 7, 2016
ABA Midyear Meeting 2016: The SOGI Stonewall Awards

In this Special Report, Deputy General Counsel to the Oregon State Bar Mark Roberts and ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Director Malcolm ‘Skip’ Harsch stop by to discuss the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’s Stonewall Awards and introduce the 2016 award honorees. The Stonewall Award is named after the 1969...

February 13, 2015
ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Adriana Linares and Jason March interview Jim Holmes, chair of the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), and SOGI Director Skip Harsch at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. They discuss the growth of the commission, how it helps LGBT civil rights, and advocacy, education, and resources provided to all ABA members. Jim...

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