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Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

2020 Stonewall Awards

Reception at ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX

(L-R):  James Holmes, Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chase Strangio

(L-R): James Holmes, Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chase Strangio

2020 ABA Stonewall Awardees

ABA Stonewall Awards 2020

ABA Stonewall Awards 2020


View the slideshow presentation which includes past and present honorees, acknowledgement of our gracious donors, and more.

Video Interviews

Click link to watch video interviews of the awardees for 2020.


James Holmes

Jim Holmes is Senior Equity Partner at Clyde and Co, as well as a current member of the American Bar Association's Board of Governors.  While he effectively fights for his clients, he makes it a point to always maintain a spirit of civility and humor. In addition to legal honors, Jim has received awards for his exceptional commitment to community and public service work. He uses his considerable talents and skills to benefit individuals from all walks of life through his pro bono activities. Jim is a long-time and fearless advocate for diversity and LGBT rights. He received the first ever Chambers Lifetime Achievement Award for LGBT and Equality, and has served in numerous prominent bar and civic leadership roles. Whether in the courtroom or in the community, Jim is a winning emissary for those he represents.

Carmelyn Malalis

Carmelyn P. Malalis was appointed Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in November 2014 following more than a decade in private practice as an advocate for employees' rights in the workplace. Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Malalis was a partner at Outten & Golden LLP where she co-founded and co-chaired its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group and its Disability and Family Responsibilities Discrimination Practice Group; and successfully represented employees in negotiations, agency proceedings, and litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, disability, and religion.

Chase Strangio

Chase Strangio is Staff Attorney for ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender rights. Chase’s work includes impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative advocacy, on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV across the United States. Prior to joining the ACLU, Chase was an Equal Justice Works fellow and the Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where he represented transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in confinement settings. In 2012, Chase co-founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides direct bail/bond assistance to LGBTQ immigrants in criminal and immigration cases.

Thank You!

The SOGI Commission wishes to recognize and thank our donors for their generous and financial contributions and support.  We commend all of our donors efforts to help achieve full and equal participation in the legal profession by persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities and applaud their committment to diversity and inclusion.

Are you interested in sponsoring the 2025 Stonewall Awards?

Your charitable sponsorship of the Stonewall Awards funds the annual projects and programs implemented by the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) that advance the policy, advocacy, and diversity initiatives for LGBT members of the legal profession and the greater LGBT Community.  

Updated sponsorship information for 2025 will be available and promoted soon.