Transgender Law Institute

Friday, August 4 | 9:00am – 5:30pm

The 2017 Transgender Law Institute will be held in San Francisco, CA on August 4 as part of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Conference & Career Fair. The Institute is a space for the leading legal minds involved with the transgender community to share ideas and network. Please Note: Dates and times for individual programming are subject to change.

The Institute will host experienced practitioners and academics focusing on legal issues affecting the transgender community. Participants will share their collective wisdom and discuss cutting-edge legal strategies.

To create an environment that encouragImages from the National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair at the Sheraton New York Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Photo by JasonSmith.comes the free flow of information, registration is limited. The meeting will be closed and the proceedings will not be recorded.

To help guarantee that the level of discourse remains at a high level, and to ensure that all participants are able to contribute meaningfully to the conversation, we are asking that interested parties submit their information on the following application and Apply Now!

For approved applicants, the cost to attend the Transgender Law Institute is included in the registration fee for the 2017 Annual Conference.

2017 Transgender Law Institute Agenda

9 :00am- 9:15amWelcome & Introduction
9:15am – 10:45amCivil Rights Across Movements (Non-CLE)

Moderator: Kylar Broadus, Senior Counsel, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Transgender people’s lives and our loved ones/communities are impacted by (and impact) the work of multiple civil rights issues and social justice movements. It is therefore in our interest to better understand the similarities and differences between other movements for law reform/ social justice and explore opportunities to collaborate across movements. Civil Rights from a range of movements not primarily focused on transgender people will share insights that drive their working including: priorities of their work/organizations; their strategies for building cross-movement alliances; guiding principles in their approach to social change; how they see transgender rights/justice work as affecting or being affected by their work.
10:45am – 11:45amPublic Accommodations (CLE)

Alexander Chen, 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow, National Center for Lesbian Rights

This panel will explore nascent and emerging theories and strategies for developing theories for advancing trans rights in the areas of public accommodations, including under federal civil rights laws and the First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Panelists will address advocacy concerning access to single-sex facilities, including in situations where nudity is customary, and responding to privacy arguments raised by opponents of trans rights.
11:45am - 12:00pmBreak
12:00pm - 1:00pmSecuring Trans Rights at the State Level (CLE)

Moderator: Ma'ayan Anafi, National Center for Transgender Equality

State legislatures, with the help of national anti-trans organizations, are using state legislation to eliminate or significantly limit the ability of trans people to access schools, public accommodations, shelter, and medical offices. These bills use a variety of tactics, including the use of religious exemptions and "liberty" claims, false medical claims about the immutability of sex, and unwarranted fears about trans people and the threats our existence poses to others. This panel will provide an update on the shifting landscape of state and federal legislation, particularly in the Trump era, and discuss strategies for fighting back.
1:00pm - 2:00pmLunch + Small-Group Discussions and/or Unstructured Time

Break out groups will be held on subjects like identity documents, healthcare access, and law firm administration for attendees interested in engaging in more focused, practice-oriented discussions. However, for attendees needing to unwind, check email, or network, this can serve as unstructured time as well.
2:00pm - 3:00pmTrans Immigration and Mass Incarceration (CLE)

Moderator: Gabriel Arkles, Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern Law School, former Staff Attorney at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

This panel will discuss how transgender people are treated in the United States immigration and criminal justice systems, both inside and outside of detention. Panelists will discuss the impact of recent changes in federal immigration policy, the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, and the biased targeting of people of color by police and ICE.
3:00pm - 4:00pmAdvocating for Non-Binary Transgender People (CLE)

Moderator: Ezra Cukor, Attorney at the NYC Commission on Human Rights

This panel will explore strategies for litigation, policy advocacy, and messaging that encompasses the needs of non-binary people. It will assess the impact that common litigation and policy strategies may have on non-binary people, including how we frame sex discrimination and Equal Protection claims, how we present concepts related to gender identity and transition, and how we respond to a variety of arguments raised by opponents invoking non-binary people.
4:00pm - 4:15pmBreak
4:15pm - 5:15pmTrans Participation in the Military (CLE)

Moderator: Kylar Broadus, Senior Counsel, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Despite a long history of military policies prohibiting them from serving openly, transgender people are disproportionately likely to have served in the military. This panel will explore the factors that push trans individuals to consider military service and discuss the prospects for trans persons seeking to serve serve openly or access gender-related healthcare -- while enlisted or as veterans -- as well as critiques of the movement to make the military more trans inclusive.
5:15pm - 5:30pmClosing Remarks