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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


Graciela Gonzalez – Senior Public Information Officer
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Midwest Region:
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer

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Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

Southern Region:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

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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Lambda Legal Condemns the Confirmation of Stephen Schwartz to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

(Washington, DC – December 9, 2020) -- In response to the U.S. Senate’s party line vote of 49-47 yesterday confirming the nomination of Stephen Schwartz to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Sasha Buchert, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal released the following statement: 

Lambda Legal: New Federal Contractors’ Rule Creates “Essentially Limitless” Religious Exemption

(Washington, DC, December 7, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced a final rule that dramatically expands the ability of federal contractors to claim religious exemptions from federal nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Lambda Legal Director of Law and Policy Jennifer Pizer, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal Takes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to Court Over Anti-Transgender Policy

(Tacoma, WA, November 23, 2020) – Today, Lambda Legal and Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger PLLC filed a federal lawsuit challenging Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois’s (“BCBSIL”) administration of a blanket exclusion of gender-affirming care in an employer-provided health insurance plan provided by Catholic Health Initiatives Franciscan.

Lambda Legal Condemns Eleventh Circuit Ruling Striking Down Palm Beach County Conversion Therapy Ban

(New York, NY, November 20, 2020) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit today reversed a lower court ruling and struck down local Palm Beach County. Florida, and City of Boca Raton ordinances banning so-called conversion therapy on minors.

Lambda Legal Urges Court to Halt Implementation of Ban on Speech about Systemic Racism, Sexism, and Implicit Bias

“We are under no illusions as to the long-term damage the Trump administration can inflict on its way out the door.”

West Virginia Medicaid Participants and State Employees File Lawsuit to Challenge Unlawful Ban on Transgender Health Care Coverage

The lawsuit challenges West Virginia’s blanket exclusions of coverage of care for transgender people.

Lambda Legal Congratulates Biden and Harris; Warns of Continued Legal Battles Ahead

The results of the election are clear, and we urge President Trump and his supporters to follow the example set more than 200 years ago, when President Washington set the standard of a peaceful transition, as has every president since who has accepted and honored the will of the people, even those who sought but were denied a second term.

Lambda Legal Insists on a Complete Count and Respect for Democratic Institutions

(New York, NY, November 4, 2020) – Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings today issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s inconclusive presidential election:

Lambda Legal Sues Trump Administration over Ban on Speech about Systemic Racism, Sexism, and Implicit Bias

(San Francisco, CA, November 3, 2020) – Lambda Legal last night filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s recent executive order that prohibits federal contractors and grantees from conducting workplace diversity trainings or engaging in grant-funded work that explicitly acknowledges and confronts the existence of structural racism and sexism in our society.

Victory! U.S. Citizenship of Children of Married Same-Sex Couples Is Secure After U.S. Department of State Folds Following Mounting Court Losses

(RICHMOND, VA AND ATLANTA, GA -- October 27, 2020) – On Monday, two key legal victories on behalf of married same-sex couples and their children became final after the U.S. State Department withdrew its appeal in Kiviti v. Pompeo and decided not to appeal the district court’s decision in Mize-Gregg v. Pompeo. In both cases, federal district courts found the U.S. Department of State’s refusal to recognize the U.S. citizenship of the children born abroad to two married same-sex, U.S. citizen couples to be unlawful.