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Lambda Legal names Jennifer Pizer as chief legal officer
2022-06-14

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Lambda Legal announced Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and director of strategic initiatives, as acting chief legal officer upon the departure of Sharon McGowan, who officially leaves the position June 15, a press release noted.

"Lambda Legal is deeply grateful to Sharon McGowan for shepherding our team of brilliant lawyers through the harrowing Trump years and the recent, ongoing anti-LGBT backlash in state legislatures. We will miss her, but we know that she will never stop fighting for justice and equality for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV," said Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings. "I can't think of anyone with more history and knowledge of Lambda Legal's litigation and policy work than Jenny Pizer. She's been one of the guiding legal minds for more than half of this organization's existence, and we are extremely pleased that she is assuming this role."

While Pizer serves as acting chief legal officer, there will be a national search to find a permanent replacement.

Since joining Lambda Legal's staff in 1996, Pizer—a graduate of NYU School of Law and Harvard/Radcliffe College—has been a leading voice for family equality, including marriage, for LGBTQ people, for stopping anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, health care, and education, for protecting LGBTQ refugees, and against the misuse of religion to license discrimination. In addition to litigating impact cases, she has developed legislation, advised policymakers, and worked with community advocates to advance family law and nondiscrimination protections without overbroad religious exemptions.


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