Beth Littrell

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Beth Littrell is a Senior Attorney in the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV. She previously served as the Associate Legal Director for the ACLU of Georgia, and taught media law as an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University.

Beth’s commitment to civil rights is reflected in her success in the courts.  She has led litigation efforts in dozens of significant constitutional cases that have changed the law to help the LGBT and HIV communities.  Among those cases: Beth helped strike down a state law that made unmarried sex a crime (In re J.M.); reversed a decision to place children in state custody because their mother was in a same-sex relationship (In re S.C. and E.C.); opened rural school houses to Gay Straight Alliances (P.R.I.D.E., et. al. v. White Co. Sch. Dist.); upheld a second parent adoption in Florida (In re D.P.); removed visitation restrictions from a gay father’s divorce decree (Mongerson v. Mongerson); helped win marriage equality in West Virginia  (McGee, et. al. v. Cole) and South Carolina (Condon et. al. v. Hayley et. al.); ensured that rainbow flags could fly from Alabama state property (Central Alabama Pride v. Langford); reversed a Social Security Administration decision refusing to provide disability insurance to a gay father’s non-biological child (Day v. SSA); helped win a million dollar settlement that changed police policy in the City of Atlanta (Calhoun v. Pennington) and has helped secure government reforms for the LGBT and HIV communities at the local, state and national level.  She was also lead counsel in Langbehn v. Jackson Memorial Hospital, the case cited by President Obama as his primary motivation to order sweeping new federal rules passed in 2011 requiring hospitals across the country to ensure that same-sex partners and spouses are treated as family when their loved ones are admitted to hospitals or nursing homes. 

Beth has received a number of awards for her work, including the Stonewall Bar Association’s Conspicuous Service to the Stonewall Community Award and the Service to Youth Award from YouthPride.  Her clients have also been awarded recognition for their participation in the groundbreaking lawsuits she has led—including The Advocate’s 2006 Person of the Year (Kerry Pacer, lead plaintiff in P.R.I.D.E. v. White Co. Sch. Dist.) and the 2011 Presidential Citizen’s Medal of Honor (Janice Langbehn, lead plaintiff in Langbehn v. Jackson Memorial Hospital).

Littrell graduated cum laude from Georgia State University with a B.A. in journalism and, before becoming a lawyer, worked in the music industry.  She graduated in the top of her class from Georgia State University’s College of Law in 2001.