Abby Rubenfeld has a general law practice in Nashville with an emphasis on family law, sexual orientation and AIDS-related issues, and currently serves on the board of directors of the ACLU of Tennessee.
She served on the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights organization and the largest lesbian and gay political organization in the world, for seven years.
She also served for more than five years as Legal Director of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., a national civil rights organization that conducts test case litigation across the country on behalf of lesbian and gay rights and AIDS issues.
is a past recipient of the Bill of Rights Award from the ACLU of Tennessee
, and the Dan Bradley Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
, which recognized her
outstanding efforts on behalf of equality under the law.
Ms. Rubenfeld received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1979.
She received an A.B. with honors from Princeton University, and while there, lettered in basketball and crew and was the first woman elected as a class president in more than 225 years of Princeton history.
has two daughters, ages seventeen and thirteen years old, as well as a partner, Helia Rethmann
, and step-daughter, aged twelve.
Ms. Rubenfeld is a professor at Vanderbilt Law School, teaching Sexual Orientation and the Law.