ALBANY, NY (April 24, 2006) — In 14 friend-of-the-court briefs filed with the New York Court of Appeals, national and statewide religious and civil rights leaders and organizations urge the court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage. The court is hearing oral arguments in lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union and others on behalf of same-sex couples on May 31, 2006.
(Chicago, April 19, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal announces that attorney James P. Madigan has joined its Midwest Regional Office in Chicago as Staff Attorney.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Madigan was an associate in the law firm of Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois where he worked extensively on class action defense and complex civil litigation matters. He also previously was a lecturer in law and held a teaching fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School.
(Chicago, April 18, 2006) — Lambda Legal today filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop discrimination against students at the Noble Street Charter School who tried to create a gay straight alliance (GSA) student group.
(New York, April 5, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal announced the results of a wide-ranging workplace fairness survey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community conducted with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP.
(Chicago, March 8, 2006) — Last night, Crystal Lake Park District Board voted to allow the Gay Games to hold its rowing competition at Crystal Lake, reversing an earlier denial of permission. Lambda Legal staff attorney, Jim Madigan, testified before the Board on behalf of the Gay Games, arguing that the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the use of public accommodations such as Crystal Lake.
(New York, March 6, 2006) — Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Solomon Amendment, which forces law schools to allow military recruiters on campus if they wish to continue receiving public federal funds. A collection of law schools sued to invalidate the law as a violation of their First Amendment rights based on their opposition to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. While the unanimous opinion upholds the Solomon Amendment, it leaves room for students as well as the universities themselves to speak out against the military’s anti-gay policy and military recruiters.
(Reno, Nevada, February 27, 2006) — Lambda Legal today announced the addition of the Progressive Leadership Alliance Nevada (PLAN) to the “Shame on You Harrah’s” campaign. The campaign is focused on Harrah’s firing of a veteran bartender, Darlene Jespersen, because she objected to the casino’s strict, mandatory make-up regimen for female employees.
It is a great honor to have this opportunity to remember and pay tribute to Mrs. King.
She was a great leader, a champion of human rights worldwide and a woman whose work and life — dedicated to civil rights, peace, and justice over many decades — gave her a moral voice and position from which to speak, all the more powerful and appreciated because of how rare a voice like hers is in our society. How rare it is for leaders to transcend the boundaries of any one movement or community and speak to a broader and higher vision of what we could be!