E. Nathaniel Gates Award Reception
Cardozo Law OUTlaw cordially invites you to the alumni reception and presentation of the
9th Annual E. Nathaniel Gates Award
honoring Morty Manford ’82 and Barbara Kolsun ’82
Wednesday, March 26
6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Refreshments
7:15 p.m. Programming
RSVP by March 12 to Cardozo.Outlaw@gmail.com
Morty Manford ’82 was an Assistant New York State attorney general and early leader in the gay rights movement. While a student in 1968, he helped found Gay People at Columbia University, one of the nation's first gay campus groups. In 1969, he was at the Stonewall Inn when a fight broke out between customers and raiding police officers, spurring further advocacy in the gay community. That same year, Manford helped found the Gay Activists Alliance, and became its president. He was well known for his role in the 1972 indictment and trial of Michael Maye, then president of the city's Uniformed Firefighters Association. Maye was accused of beating Manford at a gay-rights protest. The case drew attention to violence against homosexuals and to attempts to adopt a city gay rights law, which finally passed in 1986. Manford's activism inspired his mother, Jeanne Manford, to create the organization Parents Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Manford graduated from Columbia University in 1975 and Cardozo Law in 1982, and he was a public defender at the Legal Aid Society before he began working for the Attorney General in 1986. He passed away in 1992 at the age of 41.
Barbara Kolsun '82 was a dear friend of Morty Manford's, and she supported him in his fight for equality. She is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Stuart Weitzman. Kolsun started the company's first in-house legal department and manages all legal matters for the company, including intellectual property. Prior to Stuart Weitzman, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Seven For All Mankind, and at Kate Spade. She has also worked as Assistant General Counsel of WestPoint Stevens, Inc. and Calvin Klein Jeanswear. Prior to Kolsun's time working in-house, she practiced litigation for 12 years at various New York law firms, and she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. She received her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 1971, and her J.D. from Cardozo Law in 1982.