Lambda Legal Honors Eric Webber '87 at 2013 West Coast Liberty Awards

From Lambda Legal's website:

Lambda Legal announced [earlier this month] that it will honor Eric Webber, immediate past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), at its 21st Annual West Coast Liberty Awards.  Webber is being recognized for his tireless advocacy for LGBT individuals in the legal profession that began 30 years ago when he was a law student at the University of Chicago...

“Eric Webber has long been a trailblazer for LGBT professionals, especially in the legal profession,” said Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart.  “Beginning as a first-year law student at the University of Chicago in 1984, Eric started the University of Chicago’s Lesbian & Gay Law Students Association, now known as OUTLaw.  Three years later, he organized the first major national academic conference focused exclusively on LGBT legal issues in 1987.  And, most recently, Eric served as the first openly gay president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).  Many LGBT lawyers today owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Eric’s tireless work promoting their interests.”

Webber is a partner in the Los Angeles office of the law firm Irell & Manella LLP, specializing in  mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and other complex business transactions.  He has led legal teams on deals ranging in value from under $5 million to over $5 billion. 

Webber was co-president of the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (LGLA) in 1992 and drafted LACBA’s ground-breaking 1994 report on sexual orientation bias in the Los Angeles legal profession.  He served as the first chair of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination (CSOGID).  Webber has also been a Lambda Legal member since law school, is a past member of Lambda Legal’s national Board of Directors and is currently a member of its National Leadership Council (NLC).