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Thursday, May 26, 2011


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National LGBT Bar Association Recognizes Burbank Attorney


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association yesterday announced its selection of Burbank attorney Christian Dowell as a recipient of the organization’s Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award.

Dowell, who serves as legal director of Global Brand Protection at Yahoo! Inc., was praised by association Executive Director D’Arcy Kemnitz as “a respected leader in the legal profession and in the LGBT community” and “an example to future leaders in the movement for equality.”

Kemnitz said Dowell “is truly an inspiration to all legal practitioners selflessly dedicated to social justice.”

A spokesperson for the association credited the attorney with having “done a remarkable job addressing and strengthening diversity awareness at Yahoo! as well as in the community.

Yahoo!, the spokesperson noted, promotes LGBT diversity with Yahoo! Pride, a focus  group catering to its inner LGBT workforce as well as supporting community events, like the San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and its own anti-homophobic bullying campaign.

Dowell also serves on the board of directors for The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing youth suicide among the LGBT community.

He is a graduate of Southwestern Law School and joined the State Bar in 2006.

The Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award is slated to be presented on June 16, at a reception in San Francisco.


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