Adam Aronson
Adjunct Professor of Law

Adam L. Aronson, Civil Rights Attorney
360 West 21st Street
New York,  NY  10011
Telephone: 212.727.3583
Fax: 206.600.6004

Adam L. Aronson, Esq., is an attorney in solo practice. From June 2001 through January 2006, Aronson worked with Lambda Legal, the largest legal organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV+ people.

While at Lambda, Aronson helped secure legal protections for lesbian and gay survivors who lost life partners on 9/11. With his clients, Aronson successfully lobbied New York State's legislature to extend spousal death benefits to lesbian and gay survivors of 9/11. Aronson also worked with Lambda's Marriage Project in seeking legal equality for same-sex couples and their children in New Jersey, Nebraska, New York, and Vermont, among other states.

In April 2003, in a New York trial court, Aronson won the first known precedent in the nation that conferred interstate recognition on a same-sex couple's legal rights as spouses. In 2005, a New York appellate court reversed, 3-2. As of this writing in Jan. 2009, the case is still pending.

Before joining Lambda, Aronson was an Assistant Solicitor General ("ASG") for the New York State Attorney General ("AG"), where Aronson focused on civil rights issues. As ASG, Aronson authored AG amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals.

Previously, Aronson was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and had clerked for the Second Circuit's then-Chief Judge Jon O. Newman.

Aronson graduated from Yale Law School in 1993, receiving The Yale Law Journal's top annual award for his student Note, which applied law & economics analysis to urge immediate international abatement of global warming. See 102 Yale L.J. 2143 (1993). Aronson received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1988.

Aronson's long-term battle with HIV has checkered his legal career with challenges and setbacks, but not despair. "They who sow in tears shall reap joy." Psalms 126:5.

The issues raised in this class are controversial, important, and timely. Thoughtful, mutually respectful exchanges of ideas from a wide range of perspectives are encouraged.


Yale Law School (J.D. 1993)

Stanford University (B.A. 1988)