October 06, 2017

San Antonio lawyer Eduardo Juarez to receive Stonewall Award for advocating LGBT rights

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2017 — The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity will honor San Antonio lawyer Eduardo Juarez with its Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 3, 2018, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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. 

“Throughout his legal career, Eduardo Juarez has worked tirelessly to promote the interest of LGBT people in stopping job discrimination based on LGBT status,” said Mark Johnson Roberts, chair of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. “He has been central in developing the idea that Title VII prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including specifically gender-role discrimination.”

Juarez is a supervisory trial attorney with the San Antonio Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he litigates individual, class and systemic lawsuits under the federal civil rights statutes prohibiting employment discrimination. In August 2011, he worked on detail as special assistant to Chai Feldblum, the first out lesbian EEOC commissioner. His work in the LGBT legal community led to accolades, including the 2014 EEOC Pride “Chai Feldblum Award” for his significant contributions to the LGBT community. Juarez is a former public defender in Washington, D.C., and began his legal career as an associate with the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the University of Michigan. Active in various LGBT political and professional organizations, Juarez is a past president and first Hispanic openly gay man of the National LGBT Bar Association and past chair of the LGBT Law Section for the State Bar of Texas.

A photo of Juarez is available for download here.

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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