Our Firm has a long-standing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights--in the workplace, on pro bono matters, and in our communities. In addition to being an inclusive workplace, our firm has taken on significant pro bono engagements relating to important LGBT issues.
Locke Lord achieved a perfect score of 100 percent in the 2017 HRC Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
We represent Fenway Community Health, the largest LGBT health and research facility in the United States.
In addition, our attorneys have a long history of being actively involved in LGBT civil rights and healthcare organizations such as the LGBT Bar Associations, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Aids Action Committee, Imperial Court of New York, Equality Illinois, Fenway Community Health and Mainers United for Marriage, including service on boards and fundraising committees, hosting events and volunteer work.
The Firm has been involved in several same sex marriage-related cases, authoring Amicus briefs as far back as 2003 in the landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, after which Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and later in Windsor v. United States, a U.S. Supreme Court case that centered on the constitutionality of a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
In April 2016, Boston Of Counsel Sara Schnorr became the first transgender woman appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. As one of five Governor appointees, Sara will review and assess the status of women in the state and work to push forward policy changes and legislative actions that will improve opportunities and equity for women. That same month, Locke Lord was among more than 40 businesses that joined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in urging the State Legislature to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in public places.