Shannon Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the nation's leading advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the California marriage equality case and is currently lead attorney in the Prop 8 legal challenge. Additionally, he has litigated many other impact cases throughout the country. Shannon serves on the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and on the boards of Equality California and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute. Shannon received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1993.