Doug Hallward-Driemeier will be receiving our Legal Award in a very special year for our movement. As head of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice at Ropes & Gray, Doug has presented more than 60 appellate arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and every federal circuit court of appeals. He is no stranger to the Supreme Court, having served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, where he briefed and argued cases on behalf of the United States before the Supreme Court. Most recently, he successfully argued along with Mary Bonauto on behalf of the marriage plaintiffs in the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Doug is an incredible ally to our movement. Although it is no exaggeration to say there are far too many people to name and honor in the decades of work which led to this summer’s historic marriage equality decision, Doug’s arguments along with Mary’s played a vital role in establishing the national right to marry. We are so excited Doug is able to join us as we honor him along with Judge Paula Brown, who married the first same-sex couple in Louisiana; Rabbi Berk of Touro Synagogue, whose message of inclusion and tolerance resonates in her congregation and city; and BreakOUT!, whose tireless efforts to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth is having a real and lasting impact in our community. You will be hearing a lot more about these awardees in the days to come.
Needless to say, you won’t want to miss Doug’s speech, or that of any of our awardees. If you have not gotten your tickets yet, please take the opportunity to do so today (click here for tickets). I cannot wait to celebrate with you and our fantastic awardees.
Yours in Equality,
Chair, Forum for Equality Louisiana