FEBRUARY 27, 2020 at CIPRIANI WALL STREET
Cocktails 6:00 p.m. & Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Community Vision Awardees
ACLU, represented by Susan N. Herman, President of the ACLU
Lisa A. Linsky, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery
Lifetime of Service Awardees
Hon. Marcy L. Kahn, Justice, Appellate Division, First Department
Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter, Justice, Appellate Division, First Department
Hon. Deborah A. Batts, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
ACLU, represented by Susan N. Herman
In 2019, the ACLU marked 100 years of defending civil rights and civil liberties. The organization brought its first LGBTQ rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBTQ Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBTQ cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization. The ACLU represents Amiee Stephens in a Supreme Court case that could chart the future of workplace anti-discrimination protections in the United States. The ACLU has been on the frontlines in the fight to defend civil and human rights during the Trump era. Susan N. Herman was elected President of the ACLU in 2008. She holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.
Lisa A. Linsky
Lisa A. Linsky is a partner and member of the Litigation Group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Lisa was McDermott’s first Partner-in-Charge of Firm-wide Diversity and created and chaired the Firm-wide LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She spearheaded an alliance with pro bono client The Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, which entails “archive activism” and the rescue of historic governmental documents which establish a paper trail of animus and discrimination exhibited against LGBT Americans dating back to the 1940s. Lisa served as a board officer for Lambda Legal and is now a board officer and member of the Executive Committee for the LGBT Community Center of NYC.
Justice Marcy L. Kahn
Justice Marcy L. Kahn sat on the Appellate Division, First Department bench from 2016 until her retirement last September. Justice Kahn was the first out lesbian appointed to the New York City Criminal Court in 1987 and was later elected to the State Supreme Court in 1994. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore named her as the founding co-chair of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts, which works to foster a more equitable, supportive environment for the LGBTQ community in the courts and the profession.
Justice Rosalyn H. Richter
Justice Rosalyn H. Richter has sat on the Appellate Division, First Department bench since 2009 and will have amassed three decades of experience in the New York State Unified Court System when she retires this summer. In addition to her remarkable service as one of the first two openly LGBTQ judges appointed to an appellate court, Justice Richter has a long history of involvement in the community, including her work as executive director of Lambda Legal and as its first paid staff attorney. Justice Richter is a champion of promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Judge Deborah A. Batts
When Judge Deborah A. Batts was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York in 1994, she became the nation’s first openly LGBTQ Article III judge and joined the very small sorority of African-American women on the federal bench. In 2012, Batts assumed senior status, but continued to maintain an active docket until her death earlier this month. Judge Batts leaves behind a broad legacy for all New Yorkers as a trailblazer and an astute jurist. In 1995, LeGaL presented Judge Batts with a Community Vision Award.
About the Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner and Community Vision Awards supports the charitable and educational activities of the LeGaL Foundation, including our pro bono legal clinics, LGBT Law Notes, Law Student Career Fair, Judicial Fellowship Program, and a host of additional activities benefiting the LGBT legal community and the public. As part of the Annual Dinner Ceremony, LeGaL presents Community Vision Awards to honor individuals or organizations with a distinguished record of service to the LGBT community, including a sustained commitment to achieving equal rights for all members of our community.
Each year, LeGaL's Annual Dinner receives support from the small and large law firm community, as well as corporations and individual contributors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit the links above or click here.
2020 ANNUAL DINNER SPONSORS*
Allen & Overy LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Outten & Golden LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Barclay Damon LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Brady, Klein, Weissman LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP
Chemtob, Moss, Forman & Beyda, LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cooper & Dunham LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm, LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Moses & Singer LLP
New York Law School
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton
& Garrison LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Richard Freiman & Associates, PLLC
Robins Kaplan LLP
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Severance, Burko, Spalter, Masone
& Laurette PCSullivan & Cromwell LLP
Susman Godfrey LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Thomas H. Andrykovitz, Esq.
The Law Office of Erica Bell PLLC
Bill and Elizabeth Crosby
Friedman Kaplan Seiler
& Adelman LLP
Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP
Hofstra School of Law
Hon. Marcy Kahn
Prof. Arthur S. Leonard
Meredith R. Miller
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Hon. Rosalyn Richter
Seth M. Rosen & Jacob K. Goertz
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher
& Flom LLP
Hon. Michael R. Sonberg
*Sponsors listed have been confirmed as of 02/20/2020.