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2014 Stonewall Award honoree: James C. Nelson

2014 Stonewall Award honoree: James C. Nelson

By John Glynn

James C. Nelson, Montana Supreme Court  justice from 1993-2013, was one of three lawyers honored by the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with a Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 8 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago. In addition to holding numerous civic posts in Montana, he has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Montana School of Law. 

Named after the New York City Stonewall Inn police raid and riot of June 28, 1969, which was a turning point in the gay rights movement, the award recognizes lawyers who have considerably advanced lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the legal profession and successfully championed LGBT legal causes.

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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