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November 13, 2023

New York lawyer and activist Janice Grubin to receive Stonewall Award

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2023 — The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity will honor New York lawyer Janice Grubin with its Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 3, 2024, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

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. 

Grubin is a partner at Barclay Damon LLP in New York, where she has a prominent commercial insolvency practice and is a founding member of the firm’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Affinity Network, created in 2022 to enhance a workplace culture where individuals of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions feel safe and supported.

She has worked to diversify the New York bench both in evaluating candidates and in encouraging LGBT lawyers and aspiring lawyers about how to become a judge and assisting them in identifying pathways to pursue. Grubin has been the first vice president and co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York for more than 12 years, where she focuses on evaluating and endorsing openly LGBT candidates for appointed seats on the federal bench and on the New York Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Path-to-the-Bench Working Groups for the Connecticut and New York chapters of the American Constitution Society.

Grubin has a B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.

You can find a photo of Grubin 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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