At the May 22 commencement ceremony for New York Law School at Lincoln Center, Arthur S. Leonard, legal correspondent for Gay City News and a professor at the school since 1982, was awarded the Faculty Writing Prize in recognition of his new textbook, “Sexuality Law, “ co-authored with Patricia Cain of the University of Iowa College of Law (Carolina Academic Press).
The Faculty Writing Prize is named for Otto Walter, New York Law Class of 1954, a prominent German Jewish attorney prior to the Nazi regime who came to the U.S. as a refugee and worked as an accountant until he was able to pay for his legal studies here.
Walter established a firm that became a leader in international trade law and at his death endowed the writing prize.
Leonard has served as a trustee of Lambda Legal, a trustee of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY, chair of the Section on Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues of the Association of American Law Schools, and chair of the Sex and Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
For more than two decades Leonard has published Lesbian/Gay Law Notes, which has become a renowned academic resource. In 2002, Leonard published “AIDS: Cases and Materials,” also an academic reference work. In 2005, Leonard received the Dan Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association.