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Feinman Named First Openly Gay Member of New York Court of Appeals

On June 21st, the New York Senate confirmed Governor Andrew Cuomo's nomination of Appellate Division, First Department, Justice Paul G. Feinman to serve as a member of the New York Court of Appeals. Feinman, President of the International Association of LGBT Judges between September 5,...

Writing Competition is Open

The deadline for submission for the International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition is April 21st at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. TOPIC: Diversity on the Bench; or Judicial or legal ethics around LGBT Issues ELIGIBILITY: Students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2016-2017...

Thoughts on Orlando

Adequate words cannot be found to express our sadness, anger, and outrage following yesterday's murder of our sisters, brothers and allies at The Pulse in Orlando, Florida. To family and friends of the victims and the Orlando LGBT Community, the Association offers its love, sympathy and...

Master of the Rolls

May 26th, The Guardian reported that "Sir Terence Etherton, Britain’s first openly gay senior judge, has been appointed master of the rolls, making him head of the civil judiciary in England and Wales." The article continues, The 64-year-old lawyer’s promotion was confirmed by an announcement from Downing Street...

History Check: Judge Benjamin J.F. Cruz

A correction is necessary regarding the confirmation of Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. All the best information accessed by the news media was that Chief Justice Oronoz Rodriguez is the first openly LGBT Chief Judge in...

Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez, Nation’s First LGBT Chief Justice

February 23, 2016, Lambda Legal announced: Late yesterday, the Puerto Rico Senate confirmed Associate Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the commonwealth’s highest court. She will be the first openly LGBT chief justice in the country. Lambda Legal released the following statement from Staff...

Justice Margaret H. Chutich First Openly Gay Judge on Minnesota Supreme Court

January 23rd, Minnesota Public Radio News   reported: Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday unveiled a groundbreaking pick to the Minnesota Supreme Court, naming Minnesota Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich to the state's highest court, making her its first openly gay justice. Chutich was a finalist the last time...

Groundbreaking Report on LGBT Inequality in the California Courts

The following Press Release is shared: California, July 15, 2015 – Despite recent success at the Supreme Court, numerous challenges to LGBT equality remain.  Among the remaining frontiers for full LGBT equality is equal representation in the state & federal judiciary.  It is both ironic and sad...