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Finding aid of the William E. Weinberger Collection on the Law and Gay and Lesbian Rights
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William E. Weinberger collection on the law and gay and lesbian rights
    Dates: 1983-1998
    Bulk Dates: 1987-1994
    Collection number: Coll2008-063
    Creator: Weinberger, William E., 1955-
    Collection Size: 2 records boxes, 1 archive carton, 1 oversize box. 4.3 linear feet.
    Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
    Los Angeles, California 90007
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    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).

    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.

    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.


    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), http://www.lawyers.com/California/Los-Angeles/William-E.-Weinberger-146347-a.html  (accessed November 13, 2008).

    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.


    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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States--Cases
    Lavender Law (Conference)
    Lawyers for Human Rights (California, U.S.)
    Legal assistance to gays--United States.
    Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.
    Lesbians--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States--Cases
    National Gay Rights Advocates (U.S.)
    National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (U.S.)
    Weinberger, William E., 1955-