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On November 9, 2011, Jenner & Block was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (GLHF), the country’s only known government-sponsored hall of fame that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The Firm was honored as a “Friend of the Community.” The induction ceremony, which was the Hall of Fame’s twenty-first such event, took place at the Chicago History Museum.
In recognizing the Firm, GLHF noted that Jenner & Block “often has represented individuals and organizations in successful precedent-setting cases, besides providing pro bono legal assistance…and financially sponsoring LGBT charities and community organization events. Jenner & Block…has long been a leader in advocating for LGBT communities…in the courtroom and in society. Its work makes the quality of life appreciably better for LGBT individuals in Chicago and the nation. The firm’s most publicized advocacy was its successful attack against discrimination in arguing Lawrence v. Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court — the most important civil rights victory of the 21st century in striking down the criminalization of private homosexual acts and paving the way for dismantling other forms of anti-LGBT discrimination. Well before Lawrence, the firm was a leader…in supporting LGBT rights. Jenner & Block was the first Chicago law firm voluntarily to submit to the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and the first to receive a 100 percent score.”
GLHF was established in 1991 with the support of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. Its purpose is to recognize achievements of LGBT Chicagoans and the help they have received from others.