ABA Seeking Nominations

The American Bar Association is honoring LGBT lawyers. Find out how you can make your nominations

For the first time ever, the American Bar Association (ABA) will formally honor lawyers who have made advancements in the LGBT community by defending individuals and championing legal causes near and dear to gay civil rights. With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.

The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is currently accepting nominations of lawyers, judges and legal academics for its inaugural Stonewall Award, named after the Stonewall riot in New York City on June 28, 1969, considered to be an important turning point in the modern gay rights movement. The commission was created in 2007 to focus on professional legal experts who specialize in all things LGBT – everything from hate crimes and civil rights issues to adoption and marriage.

Have someone in mind?

Nominations must be submitted online by 6 p.m. (EST) on May 31st. The commission will announce award recipients in September, and the presentation ceremony will take place at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas in February 2013.

Award criteria and nomination requirements can be found here.