Ms. Allred is an attorney and a partner m the law firm of Allred, Maroko, Goldberg & Ribakoff. As an active feminist, Ms. Allred founded and is currently serving as president of the Womnen's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF).
Ms. Allred achieved national prominence when she sponsored a innovative law in California that would allow parents to collect past-due child support through a simplified court procedure, eliminating the need for an attorney.
In the past few years, Ms. Allred has appeared on over one thousand television and radio programs. She has also been featured in such publications as The New York Times, American Lawyer, The Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Herald Examiner, The London Times, and Ms. magazine. Los Angeles Magazine chose her among the "78 Most Interesting People in Los Angeles", Us magazine called her "The Feistiest Feminist Lawyer in the West", and Time called her "one of the nation's most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes".
In 1985, Ms. Allred was awarded the President's Award by the National Association of Women Lawyers. In 1986 she received commendations from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for her "exceptional record of achievement" and from Mayor Tom Bradley "for her many outstanding contributions to the justice system". In June 1986 at a White House luncheon, President Ronald Reagan presented her with the "1986 President's Volunteer Action Award" for outstanding volunteerism for her development of an innovative child support amnesty program in California.
Ms. Allred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and earned her B.A. with honors in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.A. from New York University and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. She was also awarded an Honorary J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. In addition to being an attorney, Ms. Allred holds California life credentials in secondary school education and supervision. Ms. Allred has a daughter, Lisa, who was recently graduated from Yale Law School.
The Golden State Gay Rodeo is proud to have Ms. Allred add Grand Marshall to her illustrious list of credits. It is in recognition of her many years of effort on behalf of women and on behalf of the downtrodden that we salute her.