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Partner Gail H. Morse, a long-time advocate for advancing LGBT awareness and civil rights in Chicago, is among 11 individuals who will be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on November 10, 2015, at the Chicago History Museum.
Ms. Morse is co-chair of the firm’s LGBT Forum, which provides support to lawyers on business development and LGBT-supportive initiatives. She was instrumental in the creation of Jenner & Block’s diversity newsletter, Equal Time, the first edition of which was devoted to the firm's out-attorneys, their practices and work on LGBT issues.
Among her many efforts to give back to the LGBT community, Ms. Morse has worked with the Illinois Department of Revenue to implement tax filings for partners in Illinois Civil Unions and has been a frequent resource on the tax effects of same-sex marriage. She has provided pro bono counsel to nearly every established LGBT nonprofit in Chicago.
Jenner & Block, which has been a longtime supporter of LBGT causes, became the first national law firm to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. The firm has received a 100% ranking in the Human Rights Commission’s Corporate Equality Index for the past 11 years.
The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is the only known government-sponsored hall of fame in the United States that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.