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Evan Wolfson

Distinguished Visitor from Practice

B.A., Yale; J.D., Harvard

Evan Wolfson was founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage in the United States, and is widely considered the architect of the...

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Evan Wolfson was founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage in the United States, and is widely considered the architect of the movement that led to nationwide victory in 2015. In 1983, Wolfson wrote his Harvard Law School thesis on gay people and the freedom to marry. During the 1990's he served as co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case that launched the ongoing global movement for the freedom to marry, and has participated in numerous gay rights and HIV/AIDS cases. Wolfson earned a B.A. in history from Yale College in 1978;served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village in Togo, West Africa;and wrote the book, Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry, published by Simon &Schuster in July 2004. Citing his national leadership on marriage and his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, the National Law Journal in 2000 named Wolfson one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." Newsweek/The Daily Beast dubbed Wolfson "the godfather of gay marriage" and Time magazine named him one of "the 100 most influential people in the world." In 2012, Wolfson received the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama.  

Having achieved in 2015 the goal he had pursued for 32 years, Wolfson now devotes his time to advising and assisting diverse movements and causes in the US and around the world eager to adapt the model and apply the lessons that made the Freedom to Marry campaign so successful. Wolfson teaches law and social change at Georgetown Law Center, where he has been named a Distinguished Visitor from Practice. 

 

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"The Link Uniting Donors and Doers for Social Change," by the New York Times, October 13, 2017, quoting Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

"Marriage Pioneer Adjusts to Big Law Life at Dentons," coverage in The Daily Report, February 14, 2017, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

"U.S. same-sex marriage movement leader visits Vietnam," coverage by Vietnam.net Bridge, August 24, 2016, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

"Dentons Names Gay Rights Pioneer As Senior Counsel In NY," coverage in Law 360, June 30, 2016, featuring Evan Wolfson, Distinguished Visitor from Practice.

"Law Scribbler: Acclaimed same-sex marriage advocate Evan Wolfson joins Dentons," coverage by ABA Journal, June 27, 2016, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

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"The Link Uniting Donors and Doers for Social Change," by the New York Times, October 13, 2017, quoting Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

"Marriage Pioneer Adjusts to Big Law Life at Dentons," coverage in The Daily Report, February 14, 2017, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

"U.S. same-sex marriage movement leader visits Vietnam," coverage by Vietnam.net Bridge, August 24, 2016, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

"Dentons Names Gay Rights Pioneer As Senior Counsel In NY," coverage in Law 360, June 30, 2016, featuring Evan Wolfson, Distinguished Visitor from Practice.

"Law Scribbler: Acclaimed same-sex marriage advocate Evan Wolfson joins Dentons," coverage by ABA Journal, June 27, 2016, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

"One year after the supreme court's same-sex marriage ruling, the fight continues," coverage by The Guardian, June 26, 2016, quoting Distinguished Visitor from Practice Evan Wolfson.

Dear Gay White Brothers,” a blog in Huffington Post, March 28, 2016, mentioning Visiting Professor Evan Wolfson.

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