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Arthur S.  Leonard, Esq.

Professor Arthur S. Leonard of New York Law School graduated from Cornell University (1974) and Harvard Law School (1977). He started New York™s gay lawyers association in 1978 and served as its first formally elected president from 1984 to 1988. He edits and largely writes the association™s monthly substantive newsletter, Lesbian/Gay Law Notes, which circulates directly to members of half a dozen lesbian and gay lawyer associations in the U.S. and has an international readership by subscription and online. He writes for Gay City News, a NYC community newspaper, and is co-editor of the first law school casebook on AIDS (now in its third edition) and a casebook on Sexuality Law (publication of second edition scheduled for 2009). He provides timely commentary on LGBT and HIV-related legal issues on his blog. Professor Leonard has been a director or trustee of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at City University of NY, The Society of American Law Teachers, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (the world™s largest LGBT synagogue), The Jewish Board of Family and Children™s Services, and Howard House Owners Corporation (a New York City co-operative apartment building). At the New York City Bar Association, he is past chair of the Committee on Sex and Law and founding co-chair of the Committee on Lesbians and Gay Men in the Legal Profession (predecessor to the present-day LGBT Committee), and served for many years on the Association™s Special Committee on AIDS. He is a member of the Task Force on Children, Youth and Families at UJA-Federation of New York. His courses at New York Law School have included Contracts, Torts, Labor Relations Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Professional Responsibility, and Sexuality & the Law, and he has published widely in law journals and other media on lesbian and gay law, AIDS law, and labor and employment law. In March 2009 he married his partner of 30 years, Tim Nenno, with whom he resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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