LGBT Bar to present Lifetime Achievement Award to one of the nation’s first LGBT appellate judges, Justice Rosalyn Richter
By Professor Arthur S. Leonard. This article appeared in LGBT Bar NY’s LGBT Law Notes. Subscribe here
!The National LGBT Bar Association announced June 29 that it will present this year’s Dan Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award to Justice Rosalyn H. Richter of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.
After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, Justice Richter was the first full-time employee at Lambda Legal, serving as its Executive Director and sole staff attorney, in which capacity she authored an influential report on the proposed Family Protection Act on the agenda of the incoming Reagan Administration in 1981. She subsequently worked as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, became a NYC Administrative Law Judge, an elected state trial judge, and, by designation of the governor from her elected position as a N.Y. Supreme Court Justice, a judge of the Appellate Division, where she has served since March 2009.
Justice Richter was one of the nation’s earliest out LGBT appellate judges, and has taken the leadership role on various judicial committees and bar association initiatives, as well as being an inspiring adjunct law professor.
Justice Richter will receive the award at the Lavender Law Conference Awards Lunch on August 8 in New York City. The award is named in honor and memory of Dan Bradley, an out gay attorney who was the first president of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation and an effective advocate for LGBT rights within the American Bar Association, leading efforts to get the ABA to endorse the repeal of criminal sodomy laws and protection against discrimination because of sexual orientation.