Laura Maechtlen to Receive Prestigious James C. Hormel Philanthropy Award (Again!)


A well-deserved award for Laura Maechtlen

Generous, humble, hardworking, and loyal — Laura’s easy-going nature has always made her a valued ALRP family member. This year, ALRP is delighted to shine a spotlight on Laura’s years of work to support ALRP’s mission of improving the health of people living with HIV by resolving their legal issues. Laura has assisted ALRP in just about every way possible, serving as the Pro Bono contact for her firm, as an ALRP Board member (including serving as Board Secretary) and as an incredibly generous donor.

Laura shares, “I am incredibly proud to support ALRP and it’s incredible work in support of our communities living with HIV/AIDS. I am proud to be a part of the history of an organization with high impact and hope many others will join me in supporting this treasure of a legal services organization.”

As a Partner at Seyfarth & Shaw, Laura is a recognized national leader in employment law. She has been called one of the best lawyers in America, a Super Lawyer, and a Rising Star. We know her to be a true friend of the LGBT and HIV community in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about helping her clients build strong workplace cultures focused on compliance, diversity, and inclusion. She is a member of her firm’s executive committee, chair of their Labor & Employment Department, and a co-chair of the firm’s National Diversity & Inclusion Action Team.

Her community service is legendary. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), Lambda Legal, the National Lesbian Gay Law Association, the California Minority Counsel Program, and as a Commissioner for the Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

About the James C. Hormel Philanthropy Award

James C. Hormel was an extraordinary person who made San Francisco his home. He was an LGBT activist, a U.S. diplomat, and heir to the Hormel meatpacking fortune. He served as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1999 to 2001, and notably was the first openly gay man to represent the United States as an ambassador. Jim played a pivotal role in securing marriage equality in the years leading up to the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015.

Jim never lost sight of the opportunity each of us has in building a more compassionate and understanding world – reaching across differences, while strengthening countless civic organizations like ALRP along the way. Trained as an attorney himself, Jim deeply understood the work of ALRP and was visionary in his commitments to legal advocacy.

“Last year, Jim’s passing was a terrible loss for the philanthropic community. This year, there is no one more deserving of Jim’s namesake award than Laura Maechtlen,” states ALRP Executive Director Bill Hirsh. “We are truly grateful for her sustained involvement over many years. It is rare to have someone of Laura’s stature remain so dedicated and committed to a cause for so long.” Laura continues to give back and support her community in public ways and in many quiet, unheralded ways. We look forward to raising a toast to Laura and in the process — confer our esteem and love for one of our own.
Thank you, Laura!

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