The Stonewall Award recognizes lawyers, members of the judiciary and legal academics who have affected real change and removed barriers due to sexual orientation or gender identity in the legal profession. The award also recognizes those who have championed diversity for the LGBT community. Nelson will receive the award at a reception on Feb. 8 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago.
“James Nelson is being recognized for being a fearless ally of LGBT persons throughout his career, including his time on the Montana Supreme Court,” said Jim Holmes, chair of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Nelson served as a justice on the Montana Supreme Court from May 1993 until January 2013. In addition to holding numerous civic posts in Montana, he has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Montana School of Law.
Nelson is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and is a military veteran, having served as an officer in the United States Army.
The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity leads the ABA’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and full and equal participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the ABA, the legal profession and society. Created in 2007, the commission seeks to secure equal treatment in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
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