Gary Buseck, Leader of New England Group that Won Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Massachusetts, Tapped as Legal Director at Lambda Legal
GLAD Executive Director will take helm of Lambda Legal's nationwide cutting-edge litigation program in January
(New York, December 17, 2003) — Lambda Legal today announced that Gary Buseck has been hired as its Legal Director following a nationwide search over the last several months. Buseck currently serves as Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, the New England legal organization that recently won a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of same-sex couples in Massachusetts seeking full marriage rights.
Buseck will begin work at Lambda Legal next month. As Legal Director, he will oversee a range of litigation and legal advocacy at the nation's leading organization fighting for legal rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered people and those with HIV or AIDS.
“Gary Buseck's legal expertise, vision and strategic leadership have changed the legal landscape across New England. We're looking forward to bringing his skills and talents to the national stage, where countless LGBT people and people with HIV or AIDS will benefit from Gary's efforts,” said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal.
Based in Boston, GLAD has won a number of significant cases during Buseck's tenure. In addition to the recent Massachusetts case, GLAD's legal team won a lawsuit in Vermont that resulted in civil unions for same-sex couples there. GLAD has also led efforts in New England to secure rights for transgendered people, youth, people with HIV and AIDS and employees.
“GLAD has been the 'love of my life' for nearly 25 years. I could only leave GLAD to go to an organization as uniquely important as Lambda Legal, which provides unparalleled national leadership to our community. While I'll miss GLAD, the opportunity to lead Lambda Legal's program was irresistible,” Buseck said.
Before becoming GLAD's Executive Director in 1997, Buseck worked at a private law firm in Boston and was involved with GLAD in volunteer and leadership capacities since 1979. At Lambda Legal, he will supervise a legal team of 15 full-time attorneys based in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas conducting litigation and legal advocacy in all 50 states. Buseck replaces Ruth Harlow, who led Lambda Legal's team of attorneys in the organization's landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory in Lawrence v. Texas earlier this year.