National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association honors Minter and Therese Stewart for outstanding work in marriage cases

(San Francisco, CA, August 12, 2008)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today announced that Legal Director Shannon Price Minter and San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart are the recipients of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) 2008 Dan Bradley Award. Minter and Stewart will be recognized for their remarkable achievements in the fight for marriage equality as well as for years of prior advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. They will be honored at the Lavender Law conference in San Francisco on Thursday, September 4, 2008.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Dan Bradley Award with Terry Stewart, who was a true partner in this case,” said Minter. “It was a privilege to work with the City of San Francisco and our co-counsel Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Heller Ehrman, and the Law Office of David Codell on such a landmark victory for our community.” Minter has guided NCLR’s litigation and program work for over 10 years. He has been lead counsel in dozens of groundbreaking legal victories including the California marriage case and Sharon Smith’s unprecedented victory in her wrongful death lawsuit. In 2005, he was one of 18 people to receive the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World” award. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the City University of New York School of Law for his advocacy on behalf of same-sex couples and their families. Minter has also received the Anderson Prize Foundation’s Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Distinguished National Service Award from GAYLAW, the bar association for LGBTQ lawyers, Cornell Law School’s Exemplary Public Service Award, the Unity Award from Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the Advocacy Award from the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Justice Award from Equality California.

He has authored numerous articles and books on LGBTQ legal issues, including Transgender Rights (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Family Law (West Publishing, 2008). He has taught as an adjunct or associate professor at Boalt, Stanford, Golden Gate, Santa Clara, and the University of San Francisco Schools of Law.

Minter received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1993.

Each year, through its Dan Bradley Award, the NLGLA recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. For more information about NLGLA’s programs and awards, please visit http://www.nlgla.org/.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.