GerhardsteinAl Gerhardstein has labored for a more just society since starting a civil rights law practice in Cincinnati nearly 40 years ago. The firm’s mission is to serve “those on the margins of power.” In so doing, he has carried out several of the seven principles that guide Unitarian-Universalists like him: respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. Many of the clients he has helped consider him a hero. And now, officially, his church does too.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, the national organization of UU churches and their members, recently recognized Al with a career achievement award, one that is given to individuals or organizations “whose life-long commitment to faith-based social justice is reflected in societal transformation.”

You can read more about Al’s work on racially biased policing, prison reform, and the rights of gay people in the UUA’s website story about the award they gave him. [Go to the UUA story.]



“Love Wins” – The Story of One of Al Gerhardstein’s Most Far-reaching Cases

This recently-released book by Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper, documents the clients and lawyers (including First Church member Al Gerhardstein) who were part of the 2015 US Supreme Court case regarding same-sex marriage.