The Tikkun Alum Award was created in 2012 to celebrate Rashi alumni who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world) in their lives beyond Rashi. Through personal and professional efforts, Tikkun Alums embody the values of social justice that were instilled in them as Rashi students.

Tikkun Alums are recognized at the Rashi Annual Dinner and are invited to spend a day at the school, sharing with students their ongoing efforts and the ways in which Rashi social justice initiatives shaped their own directions and pursuits.

This Year's Recipient

Gavin Alexander '99

Gavin Alexander (formerly Alexander Fishman) ‘99 is a senior associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Boston, where his work focuses on complex corporate transactions. Ever since his first day of law school, he has passionately worked to improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals in Massachusetts and around the country, and to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Gavin studied Theater and Mathematics at Wesleyan University, and he graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 2012. As a law student, Gavin worked with Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates providing pro bono civil legal services to low-income transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, and after law school, Gavin spent a year as a law clerk for Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

More recently, Gavin has served as a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar Association, and he presently serves on the Boston Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee, where he has been working to build a new, multi-organization steering committee to support the needs of LGBTQ lawyers and law students of color throughout Massachusetts.

In December of 2019, after speaking publicly about his experience as an attorney diagnosed with severe chronic depression, Gavin was appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the new Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-being, which is charged with planning and overseeing efforts to enhance the well-being of lawyers, judges and law students in the Commonwealth.

Gavin was named one of the Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2017, featured on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for 2018, and selected as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 25 “Up & Coming Lawyers” for 2019.

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