Kevin Cathcart, the executive director of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT legal organization from 1992 until his retirement in 2016, was the longest serving head of a major national LGBT nonprofit organization. He helped change the legal landscape for LGBT people with the organization’s work on three historic Supreme Court cases: Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hines. Under his leadership, Lambda Legal now has a docket of more than 100 cases, more than 100 staff members and offices in five U.S. cities. A graduate of Richard Stockton State College in New Jersey, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Northeastern School of Law, he was executive director of GLAD in Boston from 1984-92.
Presented by the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the Stonewall Award recognizes contributions by the recipients thereof to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the legal profession, and/or to LGBT legal issues.
Established by the ABA in 2007, SOGI Commission the works to secure for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons full and equal participation in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system.