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Discovering Justice Benefit Honoring Mary Bonauto and Doug Hallward-Driemeier

Discovering Justice to Honor Mary Bonauto of GLAD and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray
Attorneys played key roles in landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges

Discovering Justice, a nonprofit leader in civic education that prepares young people to value the justice system, realize the power of their own voices, and embrace civic responsibility, will honor attorneys Mary Bonauto of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray as 2016 Champions of Justice.  Bonauto and Hallward-Driemeier will be recognized at Discovering Justice’s Annual Benefit: A Celebration of Civic Education on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.

Bonauto and Hallward-Driemeier each argued a key question in favor of LGBTQ plaintiffs before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges.  In June 2015, the Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

Mary Bonauto has devoted her career to advancing the rights of LGBTQ individuals in Massachusetts and across the United States.  She is the Director of GLAD’s Civil Rights Project and also served as lead counsel in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the groundbreaking 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry throughout the state.

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier leads the Appellate & Supreme Court practice at Ropes & Gray and has presented more than 60 appellate arguments, including before the U.S. Supreme Court and every federal circuit court of appeals.  He previously served as an Assistant to the United States Solicitor General, during which time he received special commendations for his work on anti-terrorism and tobacco industry litigation initiatives.

“Mary and Doug are crusaders for equality in the 21st century,” said Jon Spack, Executive Director of Discovering Justice.  “Their careers exemplify the power of standing up for your beliefs, which is fundamental to what we teach across our programs.  We are proud to honor both of them as our 2016 Champions of Justice.”

Honorary Chairs of the event include important figures in the history of marriage equality: Former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, author of the Goodridge decision; Former Governor William F. Weld, who appointed Marshall to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Former Governor Deval L. Patrick, Former First Lady Diane B. Patrick, and President & COO of Eastern Bank Robert F. Rivers—all public advocates for LGBTQ rights.  Ropes & Gray is the event’s Lead Sponsor.

Jim Braude of WGBH’s Greater Boston and Boston Public Radio will emcee this year’s event, slated to be a banner year with more than 400 supporters and leaders from the business, legal, and civil rights communities enjoying an elegant evening at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse in the Seaport District.

For more information about attending this event in support of Discovering Justice’s work to build the next generation of engaged and empowered citizens, please visit: discoveringjustice.org/2016Benefit.

Discovering Justice’s Annual Benefit: A Celebration of Civic Education
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
6:00 PM Cocktails | 7:00 PM Dinner & Program
Moakley U.S. Courthouse, One Courthouse Way, Boston
 
 
 




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