Transgender Law Institute

The Transgender Law Institute is a space for the leading legal minds involved with the transgender community to share ideas and network. The 2019 programming is not yet available, please check back Spring of 2019 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.

The 2018 Trans Law Institute educated 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 also highlighted 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.

The Institute featured 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.


Below is the schedule for the 2018 Transgender Law Institute. Please check back in Spring of 2019 for the 2019 schedule. 

TLI 2018 Agenda

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)
Moderator: Forthcoming
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


CLE Materials (Part I) (Part 2)