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Veta Richardson Receives NLGLA’s 2008 Allies for Justice Award

Each year, the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) honors a legal professional who, in his or her position of leadership, has allied with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and has made a noteworthy contribution to the struggle for civil rights and equality in the field of law.

Under Richardson’s leadership, MCCA has supported the LGBT community in a variety of ways.

- MCCA’s mission includes not only attorneys of color, but also LGBT and women attorneys, as well as attorneys with disabilities.
- MCCA’s flagship publication, Diversity & the Bar, has featured groundbreaking articles on LGBT attorneys. In 2002, the magazine examined the struggles of gay and lesbian attorneys, and the July/August 2008 issue addressed the issues facing transgender attorneys.
- MCCA’s 2003 publication of Perspectives from the Invisible Bar: Gays and Lesbians in the Profession provided a seminal examination of how sexual orientation affects attorneys. It remains the standard for developing a culture of inclusion in the profession.
- MCCA’s annual Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference includes programs to benefit LGBT attorneys.

“MCCA and I are committed to helping LGBT attorneys be accepted and respected in our profession, and I am very honored by this recognition,” Richardson said. “It shows that you don’t have to be a member of the LGBT community to advocate vigorously for inclusion. If we step out of our demographic niche, we can make a difference.”
 

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