December 14, 2023
The LGBT Bar Association of New York is proud to announce that our longtime Board Member, Janice Grubin, has been named a recipient of the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’s 11th annual Stonewall Award. Grubin and the other recipients will be honored at a ceremony on February 3, 2024, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
Janice Grubin is a partner and co-chair of Barclay Damon’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Area, as well as a founding member of the firm’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Affinity Network. In addition to her legal practice at Barclay Damon, she is the first vice president and a board member of the LGBT Bar Association of New York and has served as the chair and co-chair of the organization’s Judiciary Committee for more than 12 years. As co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, she has led evaluations of candidates for elective judicial office to advance LGBT and allyship on the bench as well as to promote sensitivity and consideration toward LGBT persons in court.
In 2023, Grubin received the Tri-State Diversity Council LGBTQ+ Leadership Award, which is given to leaders who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community and who exemplify recognizable LGBTQ+ advocacy efforts, serve as role models within the LGBTQ+ community, and strive to promote inclusiveness within the workplace. Grubin is also a member of the Path-to-the-Bench Working Groups for the Connecticut and New York chapters of the American Constitution Society.
About receiving the award, Grubin said, “It is truly an honor to receive such a prestigious award from this organization, where I have been a member for most of my legal career. Knowing that the work I do to champion LGBTQIA+ individuals in the legal industry has made an impact beyond my own circle is particularly rewarding.” She continued, “It is important to note that while we continue to make great strides toward equity and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ individuals, our work is nowhere near done. My commitment to helping my peers and colleagues, especially in the legal arena, remains steadfast.”
LGBT Bar NY's Board President, Anthony Perrotto, commented, "It is with tremendous pride and admiration that we extend our heartfelt congratulations on your well-deserved recognition with the American Bar Association's prestigious Stonewall Award in February 2024. Janice, your unwavering dedication and tireless advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community have been nothing short of extraordinary. Your decade-long commitment as a Board Member and Vice President of the Association Board has led to genuine and profound transformation within the legal landscape. Your leadership in spearheading the Judiciary committee stands as a testament to your enduring impact and unwavering commitment to diversity and cultural competence among judges. Janice, your passion and dedication have truly made a difference, and we couldn't be prouder to see your exceptional efforts rightfully acknowledged. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!"
As stated by the ABA, the Stonewall Award is "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.” To read Barclay Damon's press release, please click here.