Deputy Legal Director
Hayley Gorenberg is the Deputy Legal Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people affected by HIV.
Gorenberg is lead counsel in Lambda Legal's New Jersey marriage case, asserting that barring lesbians and gay men from marriage violates the state and federal constitutions. She served as lead counsel in Lambda Legal's high-impact legal action against Cirque du Soleil on behalf of performer Matthew Cusick, fired because he has HIV. The case resulted in the largest award ever for an HIV-discrimination complaint settled with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as revised disability nondiscrimination policies and training for Cirque employees worldwide.
Gorenberg's litigation experience spans the range of Lambda Legal's mission. She advocates, writes and speaks widely on cutting-edge issues, including the rights of youth in schools, relationship rights for same-sex couples, workplace fairness, HIV issues and the rights of transgender people. She is involved in schools-related litigation, legal advocacy, and formulation of model policies promoting the rights of LGBTQ students, schools professionals, administrators, and allies across the nation. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, wire services such as the Associated Press, Salon.com, and the Huffington Post. She has appeared as a commentator and featured guest on Talk of the Nation, On Point, The Takeaway, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Gorenberg serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association's Civil Rights Litigation Committee, and has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University.
She chaired the Special Committee on AIDS for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and served on the ABCNY's Bioethics Committee. She also served as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard School of Law.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Gorenberg was the Coordinating Attorney for HIV Advocacy at the Legal Support Unit of Legal Services for New York City, where she ran a citywide legal task force addressing the emerging needs of low-income New Yorkers with HIV. Earlier, as the first staff attorney in the HIV Advocacy Project of Legal Services' Queens office, she engaged in a comprehensive civil litigation practice representing people with HIV. Before joining Legal Services, Gorenberg completed a federal clerkship in the Southern District of New York.
Gorenberg graduated with honors from Princeton University. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award.
Prior to studying law, she had a successful career as a journalist.
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