Lisa Hardaway is the Communications Director for 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 oversees the communications, publications and media work for Lambda Legal nationwide.
Since joining Lambda Legal in 2003, Hardaway has handled media and communications for a broad range of litigation and education work including cases such as Lawrence v. Texas, Lambda Legal’s landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all remaining state sodomy laws; Glenn v. Brumby, a historic transgender workplace discrimination case; and Langbehn v. Jackson Memorial, which resulted in President Obama directing the creation of new rules regarding hospital visitation for same-sex couples.
Hardaway has played a significant role leading the communications work in all of the marriage litigation cases brought by or co-counseled by Lambda Legal including cases in New York, Washington, California and New Jersey. In 2009, Hardaway led the media work for the marriage victory in Iowa, Varnum v. Brien. Currently, Hardaway is working on the marriage case in Illinois Darby v. Orr.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Hardaway was the Media and Outreach Director for the Center for Rural Affairs, a family farm and rural advocacy organization based in Nebraska.
Hardaway graduated from Wayne State College in 1995 with a B.S.E. and 1998 with an M.S.E.