Lambda Adds Seasoned Civil Rights Litigator To Its Staff

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Michael Adams named Deputy Legal Director
March 20, 2001

(NEW YORK, March 20, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced Tuesday that it has further bolstered its legal team with the addition of a new deputy legal director, Michael Adams, an experienced civil rights litigator on behalf of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS.

Lambda Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart said, “We are thrilled to welcome Michael to Lambda, especially at such an exciting time for our work and development. His energy, commitment, and experience will help Lambda continue to expand justice and break down stereotypes.”

He added, “With the latest ruling from Texas that condemns lesbian and gay couples, along with continued anti-gay discrimination and violence, Lambda must keep building our strength and our reach.”

Said Legal Director Ruth E. Harlow, “Michael joins an extraordinary team of lawyers doing great work to advance civil rights. We cannot wait to put him to work on behalf of Lambda’s clients.”

As deputy legal director, Adams will not only litigate, but also will play an active role in the department’s public education, outreach, and administrative responsibilities.

Adams said, “I feel as if I have long been part of the Lambda extended family, but it is exciting to now be on staff and to be taking on management and strategic responsibilities here. I am thrilled and grateful to be able to apply my skills to this position.”

Adams comes to Lambda after five years at the ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights and AIDS projects where he was a staff attorney and then associate director. Prior to that, Adams was a litigation associate at Clarence & Snell in San Francisco and a lecturer at Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley, California. Earlier, Adams was a Felix Velarde Muñoz Fellow at the Employment Law Center/Legal Aid Society in San Francisco. He clerked for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court in San Francisco.

A 1990 graduate from Stanford Law School with a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, Adams received a bachelor’s degree in Government and Certificate of Latin American Studies from Harvard University. He has also served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, assisting in development, implementation and assessment of a funding program for AIDS service organizations.

Lambda is the oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS. With 15 attorneys, Lambda has its headquarters in New York and regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta. Lambda will open an office in Dallas in 2002.

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CONTACT: Peg Byron 212-809-8585 x 230, 888-987-1984 (pager)
Michael P. Adams 212-809-8585 x 211
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