Amelia Craig Cramer, an accomplished attorney and civil rights advocate, was named president of Arizona's 16,900-member state bar on Friday.
Cramer now lives in Arizona with her wife and daughter but previously lived in Los Angeles, where she was a managing attorney for the LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; she was also the executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Allies & Defenders when she resided in Massachusetts.
Cramer is a much-respected figure in Pima County, Ariz., where she currently serves as chief deputy attorney. She's fought hard for LGBT rights, by previously pushing for a repeal on the state's sodomy law and protections for Arizona's LGBT citizens.
Lambda Legal's head attorney in Los Angeles, Jonathan Davidson, praised Cramer and said her appointment was a very good sign.
“This is an important development,” he told the Washington Blade. “Arizona remains a conservative state. It’s a sign of progress.”
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