ABA Names Recipients of First Stonewall Award Honoring LGBT Advancements in the Legal Profession

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012 — The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity will honor three lawyers with the inaugural Stonewall Award during a ceremony at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February 9, 2013 in Dallas.

Named after the New York City Stonewall Inn police raid and riot of June 28, 1969, which was a turning point in the gay rights movement, the award recognizes lawyers who have considerably advanced lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the legal profession and successfully championed LGBT legal causes.

Following are the award recipients:   

Created by the ABA in 2007, the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity works to secure for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons full and equal participation in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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