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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


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
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Jonathan Adams covers the following regions/states:

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


Amanda Remus – Senior Public Information Officer
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Amanda Remus covers the following regions/states:

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


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
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Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

Midwest Region:
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

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Lambda Legal: Trump Administration Is Again Targeting the Most Vulnerable

(New York, May 11, 2018) – Today, the Trump Administration released changes to the federal Bureau of Prisons Transgender Offender Manual that undercuts constitutional protections and efforts in federal law – specifically the Prison Rape Enforcement Act (PREA) – to protect all prisoners from sexual assault and violence. Richard Saenz, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney and Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist, releases the following statement:

Lambda Legal: Ninth Circuit Nominee’s Demonstrated Lack of Judgment is Disqualifying

(Washington, DC, May 9, 2018) – Today, Lambda Legal urged Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein to oppose the nomination of Ryan Bounds, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In a joint letter signed by 31 other national, state, and local LGBT organizations, Lambda Legal asked the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose Mr. Bounds’ nomination due to his expressed animosity towards the LGBT community, his hostility towards people of color, and his overall lack of judgement.

With Brennan’s Confirmation, One in 10 Judges on U.S. Courts of Appeals Now a Trump Pick

(Washington, DC, May 09, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement on Leader McConnell’s legacy of judicial nominations after the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michael Brennan, Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:

Lambda Legal: Oklahoma and Kansas License-to-Discriminate Bills Deny Children Loving Families

Late yesterday evening, the Oklahoma legislature passed SB1140, a license-to-discriminate bill that would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to reject foster or adoptive parents based upon the agency’s religious beliefs. Not to be outdone, several hours later Kansas legislators passed a similar bill – SB284. Both bills are now before the governors of Oklahoma and Kansas awaiting signature.

Lambda Legal Condemns Confirmation of Virulent Anti-LGBT Judge

(Washington, DC, April 24, 2018) – Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Kyle Duncan for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by a vote of 50 to 47. Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven issued the following statement following today’s vote:

Federal Court Issues Groundbreaking Opinion Recognizing Transgender Puerto Ricans’ Right to Correct Their Birth Certificates

(San Juan, PR, April 20, 2018) – Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico issued its opinion, as promised in the order earlier this month, that denying accurate birth certificates to transgender people is a violation of their privacy.

Lambda Legal Urges U.S. Senate to Heed “Chorus of Opposition” and Vote No On Kyle Duncan

(Washington, DC, April 19, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after Mitch McConnell filed cloture on Kyle Duncan, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit:

Lambda Legal Mourns the Tragic Death of Former Marriage Project Director David Buckel

(New York, April 14, 2018) — The tragic death of former Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director David Buckel has been reported by several news outlets today and Camilla Taylor, Director of Constitutional Litigation and Acting Legal Director, issued the following statement.

Lambda Legal Challenge to Military Trans Ban on Course to Proceed to Trial

(SEATTLE, April xx, 2018) – Today, a federal court in Seattle issued a judgment scuttling the Trump Administration’s discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.

Today, Idaho Makes History

(Boise, ID, April 6, 2018) -- Lambda Legal scored an important victory last month when a federal court ruled that Idaho was constitutionally required to provide accurate birth certificates to transgender people that reflect their gender identity.  Today marks the first day when Idaho will begin actually accepting applications to correct those certificates.