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Aiken Schenk Attorneys at Law HRC Award

 Aiken Schenk Attorneys at Law
Shawn Aiken receiving Award with HRC Gala co-chairs, Katy June and Bob Jacobson. Photo by Terry Pochert

Our lawyer, Shawn Aiken, receiving the Human Rights Campaign Arizona's Corporate Equality Award on behalf of his firm, Aiken Schenk Attorneys at Law. Shawn and his team fought tirelessly for Marriage Equality here in Arizona. Aiken Schenk thanked the courageous clients who risked their privacy for the betterment of their community: Joe Connolly , Terry Pochert, Chris Hite-Devine, Mason Hite-Devine , Clark Rowley, David Chaney, Holly Mitchell , Suzanne Cummins , Meagan Metz , Natalie Metz, Renee Kaminski, Robin Reece , Jeff Ferst and Peter Bramley. Finally, Aiken Schenk acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the members of the entire legal team, all of whom were instrumental in winning this historic lawsuit against the State of Arizona: Aiken Schenk attorneys Heather Macre and William Knight ; Flagstaff co-counsel Mik Jordahl and Ryan Stevens ; Ellen Aiken, a Scottsdale attorney; and, Phoenix attorneys Mark Dillon, Susan Bovee , and Herb Ely. Shawn thanks his family, especially his wife, Lynn , for her constant love and support; and, his son, Eric, a law student, and daughter, Ellen, both of whom contributed to the result in the case. The award was presented on February 28, 2015, with the HRC Gala co-chairs, Katy June and Bob Jacobson.

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Corporate Equality Award -Aiken Schenk from CHESWORTH films™ on Vimeo.

Pictures of the Gala - February 28, 2015

Shawn and Lynn Aiken - HRC Gala
Shawn and Lynn Aiken. Photo by Terry Pochert


The full acceptance speech by Shawn Aiken

Jenny Pizer, Sheila Klefkorn, Shawn Aiken
Jenny Pizer, Sheila Klefkorn and Shawn Aiken
Jenny Pizer accepted the Corporate Equality Award for Lambda Legal. Sheila is the director of HRC Arizona and Shawn accepted the Corporate Equality Award on behalf of his firm Aiken Schenk Attorneys at Law.

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Shawn Aiken
Shawn Aiken accepting the award at the HRC Gala.

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