Legal Team Gains Experienced Litigator
(NEW YORK, June 18, 2001) — Further adding to its legal staff, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on Monday welcomed Adam Aronson as a staff attorney bringing a strong record in civil rights work for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS.
Lambda Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart announced Aronson’s arrival, saying “Adam’s proven skill and dedication will greatly enhance Lambda and benefit all those who depend on Lambda’s efforts.”
Added Deputy Legal Director Michael Adams, “The gay and lesbian community has already benefitted tremendously from Adam’s expertise thanks to his work on amicus briefs in some of our most important cases, including a United States Supreme Court brief on behalf of ten states in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale. Lambda’s work on behalf of the community will be even stronger now that Adam has joined our legal team.”
Aronson comes to Lambda from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where he was an assistant solicitor general in the Division of Appeals and Opinions. Aronson consulted with and advised the Attorney General and Solicitor General on a number of legal concerns, including those of New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. He also supervised assistant attorneys general and drafted formal Attorney General opinions.
“Ever since I came out in high school, I have admired Lambda as one of the most important civil rights organizations in the country. Working for Lambda is the fulfillment of a dream I have had for years,” Aronson said.
Before his work with the Attorney General, Aronson was a litigation associate with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. While in private practice he handled pro bono litigation involving civil rights and protections for gay people, children, battered spouses, and low-income tenants. Aronson’s first position after law school was a clerkship with the Honorable Jon O. Newman, then-Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Before law school, he worked as a research assistant to the bureau chief in the Beijing bureau of the Los Angeles Times.
A 1993 graduate from Yale Law School, Aronson received a bachelor’s degree in English and Communication from Stanford University. As a law student, Aronson served as the symposium editor for the Yale Law Journal, and was a member of the Yale Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Law Students Association.
With the addition of Aronson as a staff attorney working in its New York headquarters, Lambda brings its cadre of lawyers nationwide to 15.
Lambda is the oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS. In addition to its headquarters, Lambda has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta and will open an office in Dallas in 2002.