Alison Nathan

Nathan graduated magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2000 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Review and President of Lambda. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Betty B. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle. She then clerked for Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court during 2001-2002. In 2009, Alison was chosen by President Obama to serve as White House Associate Counsel. Nathan then entered private practice as a litigation associate at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, practicing first in Washington, D.C. and then New York. Her practice focused on complex civil litigation, Supreme Court and appellate litigation, habeas corpus litigation in the death penalty context, and Constitutional law.

In 2004, Nathan served as Associate National Counsel for Kerry-Edwards 2004. She also served as the voter protection coordinator in several primary elections on behalf of the Obama campaign and continues to advise the campaign on election law and voter protection issues and was a fellow at NYU Law School and a visting Professor at Fordham University Law School until assuming her post as White House Assc. Counsel.

In February of 2011, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York nominated Alison to become a Federal Judge for the Southern District of New York.  If confirmed, she will be the third openly lesbian federal judge in the country.

Shannon Minter

Shannon Price Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny.

In 2009, Shannon was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer.In 2008, he was named among six Lawyers of the Year by Lawyers USA and among California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the legal publication The Daily Journal. He also received the 2008 Dan Bradley Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association for outstanding work in marriage cases and was the recipient of the Cornell Law School Exemplary Public Service Award. In 2005, Shannon was one of 18 people to receive the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World” award. He  graduated from Cornell Law School in 2003.


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