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2008: Heroes, Pioneers & Trailblazers
Ben Dillingham III
Delores Jacobs
Cleve Jones
Christine Kehoe
Klein & Reise
Stanley Lewis
Robert Lynn
Doug Moore
Teresa Oyos
Steve Padilla
Regina Reinhardt
Matt Stephens
Kevin Tilden
Ted Weathers
Bridget Wilson
Mattheus E. Stephens

photoMattheus E. Stephens is a partner in the San Diego law firm Stock Stephens, LLP and a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, where he teaches three courses, including Gender Equality and the Law. Stephens is currently litigating a case against the Boy Scouts of America to terminate its long-term leases with the City of San Diego, and a case against Mesa College for violation of Title IX and retaliation against the head womenís basketball coach and her partner for raising concerns.

After graduating from Rutgers School of Law, Stephensí legal career began at Gray Cary Ames & Frye (now DLA Piper Rudnick) as a litigation associate. His community service includes serving as a two-time chair of the City of San Diegoís Human Relations Commission; serving on the board of directors for The San Diego LGBT Community Center as well as the ACLU; and he currently serves as a pro tem judge in Small Claims Court. He was recently appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders to serve on the City Civil Service Commission. He served on the Finance Committee to defeat Proposition 8 and helped found The Centerís Public Policy Department following the effort to defeat Proposition 22 in 2000.

His awards include being named a top attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript; San Diego County Bar Association Award for Outstanding Service to the Community; Pro Bono Publico Distinguished Service Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program; San Diego Democratic Club Gloria Steinem Communication Award; California State Bar Access and Fairness Committee 2002 Diversity Award Nominee; Champion of San Diego Pride in 2000; and UCSD Chancellorís Commendation for Dedication to Social Justice Issues.