Paula L. Ettelbrick Award
MCCA created the Paula L. Ettelbrick Award to celebrate unparalleled achievement by an individual or an organization in advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys. The award is named for the late Paula L. Ettelbrick whose quarter-century of work of organizations like Lambda Legal Defense and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission assisted thousands of individuals. Her career as an educator and mentor at institutions like New York University, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan, helped transform the national discussion regarding equality. The Paula L. Ettelbrick Award will be presented at the MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.
2020 Honoree – Michelle Peak
The 2020 Paula L. Ettelbrick Award was presented to Michelle Peak, Head of Labor Relations, Americas at LSG Sky Chefs, Inc. at the MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity Virtual Conference on October 27, 2020.
2019 Honoree – Kate Kendell
The 2019 Paula L. Ettelbrick Award was presented to Kate Kendell, Campaign Manager of Take Back the Court, Formerly Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) at the MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference on October 15, 2019.
About Paula L. Ettelbrick
- Ettelbrick’s career included leadership positions in some of the most influential LGBT rights groups of the past 25 years: the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
- She lectured on Sexuality and the Law at New York University Law School as an adjunct professor, and served as lecturer in the Women’s Studies Department of Barnard College, according to the Stonewall Community Foundation.
- Also served as policy director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Legislative Counsel at Empire State Pride Agenda.
- Ettelbrick was also the mother of three, and served as Family Policy Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Policy Institute.
MCCA Paula L. Ettelbrick Award recognizes the outstanding unparalleled achievement of our past honorees who have a commitment to succeed in advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys. Click here to view past honorees.