Allies for Justice Awards

The National LGBT Bar Association honors legal professionals who, in their position of leadership, have allied with the LGBTQ+ community and have made noteworthy contributions to the struggle for civil rights and equality before the law.

Previous Allies for Justice Awardees:

  • 2015 | ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

    Jack L. Rives, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Bar Association

  • 2014 | Business Legal Conference, London, England

    Alderman Fiona Wolff, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

  • 2014 | ABA Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts

    Ally in Government: Martha Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts

    Ally in the ABA: James Silkenat, President, American Bar Association

    Ally in Small Practice: Judith Sperling-Newton, Director, AAARTA

    Ally in the Academy: Laurence Tribe, Professor, Harvard Law School

  • 2013 | ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

    Todd Solomon, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

    Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza

  • 2012 | ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

    Laurie Hasencamp, interim executive director, Equality California

  • 2011 | ABA Annual Meeting, Ontario, Canada

    Frederick J. Krebs, president of the Association of Corporate Counsel

    Robert J. Grey, Jr., executive director at the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

  • 2010 | ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

    Wayne Watts, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T

    Llewelyn G. Pritchard, Partner, Helsell Fetterman LLP

  • 2009 | ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

    Gary Kennedy, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, American Airlines

  • 2008 | ABA Annual Meeting, New York City, New York

    Veta T. Richardson, Executive Director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association

    Hon. Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • 2007 | ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

    Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco

    William H. Neukom, President, American Bar Association

  • 2006 | ABA Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawai’i

    Honorable Steven H. Levinson, Associate Justice, Hawai’i Supreme Court

  • 2005 | ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

    Harold Hongju Koh
    Dean, Yale University Law School

  • 2004 | ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

    Hon. John Lewis
    Congress member, Georgia

  • 2003 | ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

    Chris Zawisza
    ACLU Attorney

  • 2002 | ABA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

    Hon. Charles Robb
    Senator, Virginia

  • 2001 | ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

    James Rogers
    Boston College Law School

  • 2000 | ABA Annual Meeting, New York, New York

    Hon. Parris N. Glendening
    Governor, Maryland

  • 1999 | ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

    Hon. William Campbell
    Mayor, Atlanta

    Richard J. Podell
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Judy Perry Martinez
    New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1998 | ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Hon. Dennis W. Archer
    Mayor, Detroit; Former Chair of the House of Delegates, American Bar Association

  • 1997 | ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

    Drucilla Stender Ramey
    Executive Director and General Counsel, Bar Association of San Francisco

  • 1996 | ABA Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida

    Herma Hill Kay
    Dean, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

    Laurence Tribe
    Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School

  • 1995 | ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

    Hon. Bernice B. Donald
    Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

    Norman Redlich
    Former Dean, New York University School of Law; Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, New York, NY

    John J. Curtin, Jr.
    Former American Bar Association President; Bingham, Dana & Gould, Boston, MA

  • 1994 | ABA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

    William L. Robinson
    Dean, DC School of Law; Delegate to American Bar Association House of Delegates

    John H. Pickering
    Founder, Counsel to Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington DC; Delegate to American Bar Association House of Delegates

    Sara-Ann Determan
    Partner, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, DC; Former Chair, Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, American Bar Association

    Chesterfield H. Smith
    Partner, Holland & Knight, Miami, FL; Former American Bar Association President

  • 1993 | ABA Annual Meeting, New York, New York

    Brooksley E. Born
    Partner, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC

    Alexander D. Forger, Jr.
    Partner, Millbank, Tweed, New York, NY

    Elaine R. Jones
    Executive Director of NAACP Legal Defense Fund

    William O. Whitehurst
    Texas Bar Association President;

    George E. Bushnell, Jr.
    Detroit, Michigan; President of ABA