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California Supreme Court to Review Second-Parent Adoption Decision

(LOS ANGELES Wednesday, January 30, 2002) — The California Supreme Court has agreed to review the question of whether second-parent adoptions are allowed in the state, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Wednesday. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, the San Diego appellate court opinion that had brought these adoptions into question has been de-published.

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Protections for Lesbian and Gay Families

(NEW YORK, Wednesday January 30, 2002) —Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics supporting legal protections for lesbian and gay families is an important landmark.

Media Briefing on Lambda's Top Concerns in the South and Nationwide

(ATLANTA) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund invites news reporters, editors, and producers to a February 1 media breakfast briefing about Lambda’s top civil rights concerns for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS in the South and around the country.

Judge Agrees Lambda Can Argue that Housing Law Harms Same-Sex Couples

(NEW YORK, January 24, 2002) — Justice Richard Rivera of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Kings County has granted the request by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund to participate as a friend-of-the-court in a case challenging the new housing regulation that makes it easier for landlords to harass and evict many lesbian and gay couples if they do not divide expenses equally.

Lambda and GLSEN Team Up to Create a New Publication for LGBT Youth

(NEW YORK, January 15, 2002) — Two organizations that have long battled bias in the nation’s schools announced today that they have joined forces to create a guide for concerned community members who, in ever increasing numbers, support legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students from violence and discrimination. The publication was published in time for the 2002 state legislative sessions, which promise high profile battles over student protections in states like Florida, New York, and Washington.

Lambda Adds Staff Attorney Gregory Nevins to its Southern Regional Office

(ATLANTA, January 9, 2002) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund has named Gregory Nevins as a new staff attorney in its regional office in Atlanta, where he will speed the advance of civil rights on behalf of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS throughout the South.

U.S. Supreme Court Further Constricts Power of the ADA

(NEW YORK, January 9, 2002) — The United States Supreme Court ruling in Toyota v. Williams, refusing to recognize workplace-related limitations, further erodes the definition of “disability” and the strength of employee protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday.

Pennsylvania's Highest Court Rules Lesbian Mom Can Seek Visitation

(NEW YORK, Wednesday, January 2, 2002) —The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court has affirmed a ruling that a lesbian mother who raised a child with her former partner may seek visitation despite the biological mother’s objection, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which argued the case, said Wednesday.

Government Keeps Door Open to Support for Lesbian and Gay Survivors of 9/11 Victims

(NEW YORK, Thursday, December 20, 2001) —Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Thursday welcomed as “encouraging” new federal regulations that open the door to compensation for surviving partners of lesbians and gay men killed in the September 11 attacks, but expressed disappointment that those partners were not explicitly recognized as spouses are.

Lambda Announces New Director of Midwest Regional Office

(CHICAGO, Thursday, December, 20, 2001) —Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced Wednesday that Mona Noriega will bring her years of public relations, activism and marketing experience to the Midwest office she helped open in Chicago nearly a decade ago. In addition Jim Faucett, a new senior member of Lambda’s development team, has been promoted to associate director for Midwest development.