Transgender Law Institute

Friday, August 10 | 8:30am – 5:00pm (agenda subject to change)

The Transgender Law Institute is a space for the leading legal minds involved with the transgender community to share ideas and network. The 2018 programming is not yet available, please check back soon for updates. 

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 encourageImages 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.

For approved applicants, the cost to attend the Transgender Law Institute is included in the registration fee for the 2018 Annual Conference.

The 2018 Trans Law Institute will educate participants on key legal developments in the area of Trans Civil Rights Law – highlighting recent victories that legal advocates have achieved through the use of resilient and creative legal advocacy strategies. The Institute will also highlight the challenges that lie ahead for trans legal advocates while arming participants with the skills and knowledge they need to serve as legal advocates to the trans community— including the community’s most vulnerable.

This Year’s Institute will provide attendees 6 hours of continuing legal education programming (Professional Practice Credits) and address legal developments in the following practice areas:

  • Trans Family Law (in partnership with theFamily Law Institute)
  • Trans Employment Discrimination Law
  • The Rights of Trans Students in Schools, Restrooms, and Locker Rooms Equal Protection for Trans Service Members
  • The Rights of Trans Individuals Behind Bars
  • Trans Rights to Equality in Housing under Federal & State Law
  • Trans Access to Health Care under Federal Statutes & State Laws
  • Trans Access to Name and Gender Changes
  • Responding to Religious and Conscious Objections

The Institute will feature speakers who are experts in their respective fields, including Carmelyn P. Malalis, Esq., Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Julie Abbate, Esq., National Policy Director at Just Detention International and former Deputy Chief in the Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights

Division, United States Department of Justice, and Shannon Minter, Esq., Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.


TLI 2018 Agenda

Friday August 10, 2018, 8:30am to 5:30pm (Agenda subject to change)
Introductory Remarks

Panel 1: Using the Courts to Achieve Equality for Trans Folks: A Year in Review

9:15am-10:45am (Duration: 1.5 Hours)
Panelists:Ria Tobacco-Mar (ACLU LGBT)

Ezra Young (Law of Firm Ezra Young)

Diana Flynn (Lambda Legal)
Moderator:Shannon Minter (National Center for Lesbian Rights)

Panel 2: Advocating for Trans Individuals within State and Local Government

11am -12pm (Duration: 1 hour)

Carmelyn Malalis (NYC Commission on Human Rights)

Cecilia Gentili (Gay Men's Health Crisis)

Ames Simmons (Equality NC)

Chase Strangio (ACLU LGBT)
Moderator:Ashe McGovern (Unity Project)

Panel 3: Developments in Trans Family Law (Joint FLI/TLI Session)

1:30pm to 3pm (Duration: 1.5 Hours), Salon 1, Floor 5
Panelists:Celeste Fiore

Alana Chazan

Angie Martell (Iglesia Martell PLLC)

Diane Bruessow (Healthy Transitions)
Moderator:Asaf Orr (National Center for Lesbian Rights)

Panel 4: Advocating for Trans Individuals within Detention & Criminal Justice Systems

3:15pm-4:15pm (Duration: 1 hour)
Panelists:Professor Kevin Barry

Mik Kinkead (Sylvia Rivera Law Project)

Richard Saenz (Lambda Legal)

Flor Bermudez (Transgender Law Center)
BREAK (4:15pm-4:30pm)

Panel 5: Ensuring Access Comprehensive and Affirming Health Care

4:30pm-5:30pm (1 Hour)
Panelists:Luc Athayde-Rizzaro (NCTE)

Noah Lewis (Transcend Legal)

Dr. Asa Radix (Callen Lorde)
Moderator:Ezra Cukor

Closing Remarks: Ezra Cukor


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