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American Bar Association seeks nominations for first-ever Stonewall Award

CHICAGO – The American Bar Association (ABA) will formally honor lawyers who have considerably advanced LGBT individuals in the legal profession and/or successfully championed LGBT legal causes.

The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is seeking nominations of exceptional lawyers, judges and legal academics for its first-ever Stonewall Award. The annual award is named after the Stonewall Inn police raid and riot of June 28, 1969, in New York City, credited as a turning point in the gay rights movement.

Nominations must be submitted electronically by 3 pm Pacific on Thursday, May 31. The award recipients will be revealed in September, and the presentation ceremony will be in February 2013 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas.

For more information about the award and nomination requirements, click HERE.

The Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, founded in 2007, works to secure for LGBT people full and equal participation in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system.

The ABA, with almost 400,000 members, 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.