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SLDN Legal Intern Honored for Work on Behalf of LGBT Service Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2011Haley Warden
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SLDN Legal Intern Honored for Work on Behalf of LGBT Service Members
Warden named “Summer Stand-out” by Equal Justice Works

(Washington, D.C.) Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today applauded the selection of Haley Warden, a rising second-year student at Duke University School of Law and an intern in SLDN’s legal department, selected as one out of more than 700 corps members to be the “Summer Stand-out” in the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program. Founded by law students in 1986, Equal Justice Works is a national nonprofit dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of public interest lawyers through providing the training and skills that enable them to effectively represent underserved communities and causes. The Summer Corps program, a partnership with AmeriCorps, identifies and supports summer internships with host organizations that serve those in need.

“At SLDN, we have known from the moment we met her that Haley is an intelligent, gifted, and passionate advocate for our clients. Her work on behalf of LGBT service members and their families affected by ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and other forms of discrimination is making a difference every day. We are grateful to her for her time, her energy, and her initiative – and so pleased that Equal Justice Works agrees with us that she is quite a stand-out,” said Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis.

Warden began her internship in May and will continue through July. Her selection as the season’s “Stand-out” means she and her work at SLDN will be featured on the organization’s web site, as well as in the monthly newsletter, Equal Justice at Work, which is distributed to thousands of legal professionals throughout the U.S. Warden’s work will also be recognized at Equal Justice Works’ annual Conference and Career Fair in Washington, DC, held October 21 – 22, 2011.

“Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Stand-outs represent those law students working in the field who go above and beyond during their service,” said David Stern, Executive Director of Equal Justice Works. “Haley’s innovative project showcases her drive to help this community of servicemen and women – her dedicated work is truly exceptional.”

“I have a deep commitment to ensuring that citizens have the right to serve their country, which I believe is as fundamental as the right to vote. The work that SLDN is indispensible, and while we celebrate the coming repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we must recognize that it brings with it a whole new set of challenging legal issues, including benefits for legally married same-sex couples, helping those discharged who would like to reenter and serve their country again, upgrading discharge characterizations, and so much more. The job is not done, by any means, and I’m proud to be on the frontlines with SLDN as we move into this next phase of advocacy and action,” said Warden.

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STILL AT RISK: Despite the President signing the bill authorizing repeal of DADT, it is still unsafe for service members to come out until 60 days after certification by President Obama, Secretary Panetta, and Admiral Mullen. Click here to read our warning to service members.

SLDN FREE HOTLINE: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members with questions are urged to contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: 202-328-3244 x100.

ABOUT SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) was established in 1993 when “Don’t Ask” originally passed. In addition to working on repeal, SLDN offers free, confidential legal services to those impacted by the discriminatory law. Last year the organization received its 10,000th call for assistance to its legal hotline.

Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers. Collaborating with the nation’s leading law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments and nonprofit organizations, Equal Justice Works offers a continuum of opportunities that provide the training and skills that enable attorneys to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. In 2011, Equal Justice Works will celebrate 25 years of mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to public interest law. Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For additional information about Equal Justice Works and the Summer Corps program, please contact Becky Brand at bbrand@equaljusticeworks.org or visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.

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