Lambda Adds Staff Attorney Gregory Nevins to its Southern Regional Office

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January 9, 2002

(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.

Lambda Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart said, “Lambda is adding to its southern legal team because the needs of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people in this region are so great. Gregory’s strong experience, plus familiarity with the South, are terrific news for everyone concerned about civil rights, but it’s especially important for communities in Lambda’s nine-state Southern region.”

The Southern Regional Office (SRO) serves people in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Nevins, a native of Tennessee, comes to Lambda after working as deputy city attorney with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He submitted San Francisco’s friend-of-the-court brief in a tragic case on behalf of a lesbian whose partner was fatally mauled by her neighbor’s dogs; the case led to a path-breaking legal victory for lesbian and gay couples. Nevins also was an attorney for 10 years for the San Francisco law firm of Morrison & Foerster, which is known for its extensive pro bono work.

Said Nevins, “The most exhilarating moment of my career was when I worked with other lesbian and gay organizations to help Sharon Smith bring a wrongful death suit for the loss of her partner and receive some of the same rights as a spouse.” He added, “I am grateful now to be joining Lambda and hope I can help many others receive the respect and fair treatment they deserve.”

Nevins is a 1989 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Students for Public Interest Law organization. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Memphis summa cum laude.

Lambda Southern Regional Office Director Hector Vargas said, “Having Gregory join our staff is not only good for the region but also a wonderful way to celebrate the SRO’s five-year anniversary.” He added, “Joining with SRO attorney Steve Scarborough, who has worked tirelessly, Gregory will help Lambda do even more to transform the legal landscape in the South.”

Lambda is the oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS. In addition to its office in Atlanta, Lambda has its headquarters in New York, other regional offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, and will open an office in Dallas in mid-2002.

Contact: Gregory Nevins 404-897-1880 x 30
Jennifer Grissom 212-809-8585 x 231, 888-987-1976


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