New York City Bar Honors Hayley Gorenberg With Arthur S. Leonard Award At Pride Reception

June 13, 2019

Community Justice, News

We’re delighted to announce that the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association will next week present the Arthur S. Leonard Award to Hayley Gorenberg, NYLPI’s Legal Director, for her outstanding advocacy work for the LGBT community in New York.

The ceremony, to take place on Wednesday, June 19, at the House of the Association on West 44th Street, in New York, will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Congratulations, Hayley!


Hayley will be honored alongside David Miranda, Senior Arraignment Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

Before joining NYLPI in 2018, Hayley was General Counsel and Deputy Legal Director of the national civil rights organization Lambda Legal, where she litigated landmark cases advancing the rights of LGBTQ people, including a range of path-breaking matters involving disability rights, health access and discrimination against marginalized communities. At Lambda Legal Hayley filed the record-breaking EEOC HIV job discrimination matter Cusick v. Cirque du Soleil, securing a record-breaking award and worldwide policy change by the organization. She convened leaders working for low-income people living with HIV to draft a landmark set of Social Security Administration HIV disability standards comments to influence nationwide revision of the rules that allowed tens of thousands of people disabled by HIV to subsist, and was invited by SSA to testify coast-to-coast. She worked with colleagues to win the rights of people living with HIV to no longer be deemed “experimental” transplant recipients, excluded from receiving lifesaving kidneys and livers. Hayley worked to successfully defend comprehensive, medically accurate LGBT- and HIV-inclusive public school curricula and LGBT-themed books in public school libraries, and helped vanquish attacks on laws against so-called “conversion therapy.”


Hayley led Lambda Legal’s winning New Jersey marriage equality case and participated with religious leaders in minute-after-midnight weddings by Cory Booker in Newark. She originated Lambda’s involvement with the LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Policy Working Group, submitted LGBTQ criminal justice human rights testimony to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, has fought for decriminalization and constitutional protection for sex workers, and testified in-person to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Hayley worked for four years to help incubate interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, championing genders beyond “the binary” and standing against medically unjustified surgeries that alter intersex children; she has litigated these issues and has addressed the European Union’s human rights arm to promote justice for intersex people. Hayley helped create the Tyron Garner Fellowship to pursue the rights of LGBTQ people who are African-American, and she has hosted international delegations from Ukraine, China, France, South Asia and other parts of the world to discuss LGBTQ rights and the rights of people living with HIV.

Earlier in her career, Hayley ran a citywide task force at Legal Services for New York City, creating legal advocacy campaigns and training other lawyers and advocates to achieve high-impact results for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV. She was also the first staff attorney in Queens Legal Services’ comprehensive HIV advocacy unit.

Hayley was named 2017 OUTLaw Alumna of the Year by New York University School of Law and received a 2018 Forger Award from the American Bar Association for “sustained excellence” advocating for the rights of people living with HIV. She has served as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard and serves on Princeton University’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Council. Hayley earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, her law degree from New York University School of Law, and holds a certificate in change leadership from Cornell University.

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