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Finding aid of the William E. Weinberger Collection on the Law and Gay and Lesbian Rights

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira, © 2008

Summary Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Weinberger, William E., 1955-
William E. Weinberger collection on the law and gay and lesbian rights
Collection no.
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1987-1994
Date [inclusive]
4.3 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
2 records boxes, 1 archive carton, 1 oversize box.
Conference materials, minutes, correspondence, amicus curiae briefs, and other documents relating to the provision of legal representation for lesbians and gays, created and collected by Los Angeles lawyer William E. Weinberger, a member of several organizations that provided legal services to lesbians and gays, in the course of his work.

Preferred Citation

William E. Weinberger Collection on the Law and Gay and Lesbian Rights, Coll2008-063, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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William E. Weinberger has practiced law in the areas of business litigation, real estate, litigation, appeals, professional liability, first amendment law, employment law, and governmental relations.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 16, 1955. He graduated cum laude from Cornell University in 1977, and earned his Juris Doctor from Stanford University in 1981. While at Stanford he was Senior Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law, 1978-1981, and Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, 1979-1981. His "Congressional Access to Grand Jury Transcripts" was published in the November 1980 issue of the Stanford Law Review. From 1981-1982, he clerked for Frank J. Battisti, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. In 1982, he was admitted to the California bar and joined the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Law Association, where he served as the association president in 1987. He joined the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association in 1988, and co-chaired the association, 1993-1994. From 1991 to 1996, he served as Judge Pro-Tem, Beverly Hills Municipal Court. A member of the Los Angeles County, California, and American Bar Associations, he served on the State Bar of California Committee on Administration of Justice, 1994-1997. In 1997 he was elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commissioner, and served until 1999. In April 2000, the Los Angeles Lawyer printed his article, "Workers' Compensation Liability for Production Companies." From 1999 to 2001, he was a member of the City of Los Angeles Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, and served as its President, 2000-2001. In 2002, he joined the California Law Revision Commission, and served as the Chair, 2004-2005.


William E. Weinberger Los Angeles, California, Profile (LexisNexis), (accessed November 13, 2008).

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of the papers of William E. Weinberger documenting his involvement between 1983 and 1998 with Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), National Gay Rights Advocates (NGRA), the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association's Lavender Law conferences, and similar organizations to secure equal rights for lesbians and gays. The collection also contains reference materials such as amicus curiae briefs, clippings, correspondence, judgments, memoranda, newsletters, notes, opinions, and reports regarding legal issues of concern to gays and lesbians.

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Arranged in five series: (1) Lawyers for Human Rights, (2) National Gay Rights Advocates, (3) Lavender Law: The National Conference on Lesbian and Gay Legal Issues, (4) Other Organization and Conference Materials, and (5) Reference Materials. The folders within each series are arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771


The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Gift of William E. Weinberger, August 17, 2005.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Richard French and Michael C. Oliveira, November 20, 2008.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lawyers for Human Rights (California, U.S.)
  • National Gay Rights Advocates (U.S.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Weinberger, William E., 1955-


  • Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States--Cases
  • Lavender Law (Conference)
  • Legal assistance to gays--United States.
  • Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.
  • Lesbians--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States--Cases
  • National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (U.S.)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1: Lawyers for Human Rights 1985-1991   8.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The series consists of board meetings minutes, 1985-1991, of Lawyers for Human Rights, the lesbian and gay bar association of Los Angeles, on whose Board of Governors served from 1984 to 1991. The series also includes a few related miscellaneous documents, such as clippings and amicus curiae briefs.

Box Folder

 Board of Governor's Minutes 1985-1991   6.0 folders.

1 1-6

 List of speakers, clippings 1986-1987 

2 1

 Miscellaneous documents 1985-1986 

1 7

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Series 2:  Series 2: National Gay Rights Advocates 1983-1990   14.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The series consists of files collected by Weinberger while he was a member National Gay Rights Advocates (NGRA), including his years on the board of directors, 1987-1988. The NGRA was a non-profit public interest law firm, which brought legal action and educated attorneys to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. It closed its doors in May 1991. The files include amicus curiae briefs, correspondence, minutes, proposals, and press releases.

Box Folder

 United States Military case correspondence 1983 

1 8

 American Automobile Association correspondence 1984-1986   2.0 folders.

2 2-3

 Board of Director's minutes 1987-1988 

2 4

 General correspondence 1988-1990   3.0 folders.

1 9-11

 General documents 1988 

1 12

 Employment agreement, Jean O'Leary 1988 

1 13

 Coming Out Day proposal 1988 

1 14

 Press releases 1988-1990 

1 15

 Central planning committee memorandum and correspondence 1989   2.0 folders.

1 16-17

 Litigation committee, Johnson v. Seafirst Bank case 1990 

2 5

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Series 3:  Series 3: Lavender Law: The National Conference on Lesbian and Gay Legal Issues 1988-1997   18.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The series consists of materials from the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association's biennial Lavender Law National Conference on Lesbian and Gay Legal Issues. The conference reviews how the law impacts lesbians and gays across a wide variety of topics including AIDS, civil rights, criminal law, domestic partnership, employment, estate planning, family law, immigration, right to marry, and transgender law. The documents in the series are the prepared reference materials, including panel information, presentation outlines, copies of decisions, and clippings.

Box Folder

 Sourcebook 1988   3.0 folders.

1 18-20

 Resource book 1990   3.0 folders.

1 21-23

 Conference materials 1992   12.0 folders.

Box Folder

  1992   3.0 folders.

1 24-26

  1994   3.0 folders.

1 27-29

  1997   6.0 folders.

3 1-6

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Series 4:  Series 4: Other Organization and Conference Materials 1985-1995   9.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The series contains other organization and conference materials including manuals, minutes, notes, reference materials and Weinberger's résumé. The organizations represented include the Coalition to Pass A.B. 1 (the "Gay Rights Bill" authored by Assemblymen Art Agnos and Mike Roos), the Lambda Lawyers Roundtable, previously known as the Lambda Activists' Legal and Educational Round Table (Lambda ALERT), and the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA). The conference materials include correspondence, registration, and reference materials from the 1988 War Conference, Washington, D.C., a meeting of gays and lesbians organized to strengthen the community and political movement.

Box Folder

 Assembly Bill 1 Coalition 1985 

3 7

 Lambda Lawyers Roundtable (Lambda Activists' Legal and Educational Round Table, Lambda ALERT) 1986-1987 

3 8

 War Conference 1988   4.0 folders.

2 6-9

 Résumé 1993 

3 9

 National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA), Board of Directors Policies and Procedures Manual 1995   3.0 folders.

3 10-12

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Series 5:  Series 5: Reference Materials 1983-1998   17.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The series of reference materials includes documents such as amicus curiae briefs, judgments, memoranda, opinions, and reports. The series is arranged chronologically, followed by files of miscellaneous documents found loose in the collection, including clippings, correspondence, newsletter, notes, and reports.

Box Folder

 First Amendment: Regulation of Video Games 1983 

3 13

 Bowers v. Hardwick 1985-1986 

3 14

 Gates v. Benson 1986 

3 15

 Amnesty International and Homosexuality summary report 1987 

3 16

 Watkins v. United States Army 1988 

3 17

 Cost Estimates for Healthcare Coverage of Domestic Partners of San Francisco City Workers 1991 

3 18

 Report of the Subcommittee on Domestic Partners' Benefits, University Committee on Faculty and Staff Benefits 1992 

3 19

 Hollywood Supports AIDS in the Workplace Seminar 1992 

3 20

 March on Washington Lobby Days 1993 

3 21

 We will get what we ask for: Why legalizing gay and lesbian marriage will not "dismantle the legal structure of gender in every marriage" 1993 

3 22

 "Breaking Down Barriers: Overcoming Discrimination in the Legal Profession for Attorneys with Disabilities and Lesbian and Gay Attorneys" (American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities) 1994 

3 23

 Los Angeles County Bar Association: Committee on Sexual Orientation Bias Report 1994   3.0 folders.

3 24-26

 Manual of Model Policies and Programs to Achieve Equality of Opportunity in the Legal Profession (The Bar Association of San Francisco) 1994 

3 27

 Assessment of the Legal Needs of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County (HIV Legal Services Delivery Project for Los Angeles County) 1995 

3 28

 Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment: A Guide to Remedies (HIV Legal Services Delivery Project for Los Angeles County) 1998 

3 29

 Miscellaneous 1985-1998 

2 10

 Clippings 1985-1988 

4 1

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