The Lambda Law Students Association at King Hall was named the 2011 Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) Law Student Association of the Year at BALIF's Annual Gala held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on March 11.
BALIF is the nation's oldest and largest bar association of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered persons in the field of law. Founded in 1980, BALIF represents its members' interests in the wider San Francisco Bay Area.
Lambda was recognized for its efforts in promoting awareness of LGBT issues, most notably through its "Coming Out Week" held October 11-15, 2010, TransWeek held November 14 and 16, 2011, a joint symposium "Hidden Injustice: LGBT Youth and the Juvenile Justice System," co-presented with the Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy, held on February 4, 2011, and the community-building event "Gays and Mormons Unite to Find Common Ground," co-sponsored with the J. Reuben Clark Society held on February 9, 2011.
Lambda LSA at King Hall last won this award in 2007. In addition to the distinction, BALIF will generously give a monetary award to Lambda, which the organization will use to support the 10th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture, to be held on April 15, 2011. This year's lecture is entitled "DOMA to Perry: How We Got Here and Where We're Headed," featuring Paul Smith who argued in the historic 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case. The award will also be used to support the inaugural Bill Smith LGBT/Disability Rights Summer Public Interest Fellowship, a joint fiscal sponsorship project between the Lambda Law Students Association and the King Hall Legal Foundation.