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October 15, 2004

Committee Seeks Nominations for Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men has opened nominations for the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award. The award recognizes someone who has made a significant contribution that advances the Committee's mission statement, and is either a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender ("LGBT") non-lawyer or non-LGBT lawyer. Past recipients include Jeff Lindy, Shannon Duffy, Frank Cervone, Susan Featherman, Kevin Vaughn and Cliff Haines.

The mission statement of the Committee is to address issues that are of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the legal profession. As part of its work, the Committee:

  • considers, investigates and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors on matters relating to the recognition and protection of the legal rights of LGBT people and their families;
  • monitors relevant conditions and trends in the law and the treatment of LGBT people in the legal profession; and
  • conducts educational programs and seminars, both on its own and in conjunction with the other committees and sections of the Bar and with other organizations concerned with such rights.

Cheryl A. Ingram served as the Director of Policy Administration for the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP), including a term as its Treasurer. Cheryl successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a Web site, endorsing of Bar candidates, and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the greater Philadelphia legal community. She reached out to both the American and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations to be inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and encouraged the Philadelphia Bar Association to endorse a number of pro-LGBT resolutions. She was a catalyst in the creation of the Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men at the Philadelphia Bar Association, successfully lobbied the Bar Association to extend health benefits to the partners of its lesbian and gay employees, and was instrumental in the creation of the Advocate for Justice award, which recognizes the important contributions from allies outside the LGBT legal community to the cause of equality for all.

Please send nominations for the award to Keith Armstrong by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. Please include a short statement about the person that you are nominating to receive the award.

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