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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
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Tom Warnke covers the following regions/states:

Western Region:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

South Central Region:
Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas


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Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer

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Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

Southern Region:
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Headquarters Region:
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director

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Press Releases

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Lambda Legal Responds to Looming Threat to Marriage Equality at Supreme Court

(Washington, D.C., October 5, 2020) – Today, in a statement in Davis v. Ermold, authored by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and joined by Justice Samuel Alito, the Justices indicated a desire to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, the case granting marriage equality to LGBTQ people.

Lambda Legal: Rushed Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Imperils U.S. Democracy

(Washington, D.C., September 25, 2020) — In response to reports that President Trump intends to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett, currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement.

Lambda Legal Mourns Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(Washington, D.C. September 18, 2020) – The U.S. Supreme Court today announced the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement.

Lambda Legal Urges a Delay in Nomination & Consideration of Ginsburg Replacement

(Washington, D.C. September 18, 2020) — Following a precedent set by current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in 2016—when he refused to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court nearly eight months before the 2016 election—Lambda Legal demanded tonight that the seat held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg not be filled until after a new Senate and possibly a new President is seated in January 2021.

Lambda Legal to Court: Halt Pentagon Discrimination Against People Living With HIV

(Alexandria, VA. September 14, 2020) – Today, Lambda Legal and the Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) asked a federal district court to bar the Trump Administration and the Pentagon from discriminating against people living with HIV by denying them the opportunity to enlist, deploy, or commission as an officer.

VICTORY! Court Rules for Same-Sex Partners Denied Access to Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

(Seattle, WA, September 11, 2020) – A federal district judge today adopted the recommendation of a magistrate judge and struck down as unconstitutional the U.S. Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) categorical denial of survivor’s benefits to surviving same-sex partners who were barred from marrying due to discriminatory state marriage bans

Lambda Legal Mourns Passing of Henry van Ameringen, Philanthropist and Early Supporter of LGBTQ Equality

(New York, September 10, 2020) — Henry van Ameringen, a philanthropic giant and early supporter of LGBTQ equality, passed away yesterday at the age of 90.

Lambda Legal Blasts Trump’s SCOTUS Shortlist Filled with Anti-LGBT and Extremist Judges

(Washington, DC, Sept. 9, 2020) – Today, just weeks ahead of the presidential election, President Donald Trump released a new shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees that is teeming with anti-LGBT extremists and dangerous ideologues.

Victory! Two HIV-Positive Former Military Cadets to Have Their Day in Court

(Baltimore, MD, September 3, 2020) – Yesterday, a federal district court denied a request by the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two former U.S. military cadets challenging the administration’s discriminatory policies targeting servicemembers living with HIV. The ruling, out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, came in the case of Deese & Doe v. Esper, filed by Lambda Legal and Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) with pro bono co-counsel Winston & Strawn.

In the opinion supporting its decision, the court states:

Victory! In Detailed Ruling, Court Orders HHS to Halt Key Parts of Health Care Discrimination Rule

(Washington, D.C., September 2, 2020) – Today, a federal district court judge granted Lambda Legal’s request for a preliminary injunction, putting an immediate stop to key aspects of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) health care discrimination rule which seeks to carve out LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations from regulatory protections under the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision known as Section 1557.