Outten & Golden LLP Recognized for its Work in LGBT Communities

PRWEB - Outten & Golden LLP
August 20, 2010

Outten & Golden LLP is the proud recipient of the 2010 Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Firm Award. The award, presented by SRLP staff attorney Pooja Gehi at SRLP’s Summer Reception and Awards Ceremony on July 15, 2010, recognizes O&G’s outstanding pro bono service for New York’s transgender community.

SRLP is a collective, non-profit organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably linked to and intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. The organization seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of people of color and low-income people who are transgender, intersex, or gender nonconforming.

When presenting O&G with the award, Ms. Gehi described the confidence SRLP staff have referring clients to O&G, knowing that they will be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve – in addition to receiving excellent counsel.

O&G’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Workplace Rights Practice Group, the first of its kind in the nation, was launched in 2006 with the goal of protecting and promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals’ workplace rights and in serving LGBT communities in all areas of employment law. O&G’s LGBT Workplace Rights Practice Group actively pursues its objectives through advocacy on behalf of employees, legislative work, and providing leadership and education on LGBT employment issues.

Wayne Outten, O&G’s Managing Partner, said, “Our firm is proud to support SLRP for their efforts to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming and to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for these communities.”

O&G is also pleased to announce that LGBT Workplace Rights Practice Group Co-Chair Carmelyn Malalis has been selected as one of the Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association for its inaugural listing of the best and brightest in the LGBT legal community. Ms. Malalis, a Partner at Outten & Golden LLP, is the Chair of the Committee on LGBT Rights of the New York City Bar Association, a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, the Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Project. Ms. Malalis also sits on the Board of Queers for Economic Justice.

For additional information, please contact: 

Ms. Carmelyn Malalis, Mr. Seth Marnin, Outten & Golden LLP 3 Park Avenue, 29th Floor New York, NY 10016(212) 245-1000