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Jenner & Block supports LGBT diversity in the legal profession in many ways. We are a national sponsor of the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, the national organization committed to defending the civil rights of LGBT and HIV positive people. The firm also serves as a perennial national sponsor of Lambda Legal’s Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration in Chicago. That popular event is named after one-time Jenner & Block Associate Robert Bonvouloir “Bon” Foster, who died of AIDS-related causes in September 1991. Through his bequest to Lambda, he helped establish its Midwest Regional Office in Chicago.
In addition, the firm is an annual sponsor of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association’s Lavender Law conference, which brings together some of the US’s leading lawyers to discuss the cutting-edge legal issues affecting LGBT individuals.
Several Jenner & Block partners serve on national and local boards of organizations dedicated to advancing LGBT rights.