The QLAW Bar association

2023 18th Annual Banquet

Join us for a night of celebration!

About this event


Friday, June 2, 2023

The Sanctuary at the Lotte Hotel

5:30 pm

Come dressed in your courtroom best!

This year the Banquet will be back in-person. We will be gathering together at The Sanctuary at Lotte Hotel, which is a perfect backdrop for our “See You In Court” themed event. We’ll have cocktails, mocktails, and hearty appetizers, informal seating, and a stunning stage program. Our keynote speaker this year is Stella Keating, one of GLAAD’s “20 Under 20” and Seventeen magazine’s “Voices of the Year.” She also received the “Visibility Award” at the Trans Advocacy Awards from the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. Stella is a founding Champion of The GenderCool Project. 

We will be using this opportunity to join together to raise funds for the QLaw Bar Association’s scholarships for young LGBTQ+ law students and support our sibling organization the QLaw Foundation.

The Banquet typically welcomes over 475 attorneys, judges, legal professionals, public officials, and LGBTQ+ leaders and visionaries throughout the state. We have also supported artists, drag queens and DJs from our community to add some pizzazz to the gathering. As an entirely volunteer-run organization, the QLaw Bar Association relies on generous support from Washington law firms and companies that share our values and goals of diversity and equality. Sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

About our emcee

Alanna Francis (she/her) is a queer Black woman of color living in PNW. She has an unshakeable passion for community engagement, equity, and a fierce commitment to her communities. Raised between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, Alanna brings diverse perspectives and a sharp social justice lens. Her inclusive thinking and creative spirit are critical in her coalition and community-building work. Much of Alanna’s professional experiences have been centered at a crossroad between fundraising event planning, DEI consulting, and youth spaces. Her niche is diversifying pre-existing events with clientele, event fundraising, creating holistic engaging events of many kinds, supporting nonprofit growth, and much more. To evolve communities, people and organizations past their own plateaus. Interacting with Alanna promises to bring the magic out in you as she flourishes it with others.

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