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Trans Law Symposium


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Friday, August 7, 2015

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Jenner & Block
353 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654


We are proud to announce that we are creating our own, stand-alone event, the Trans Law Symposium.  We send our thanks and appreciation to the National LGBT Bar Association, which so generously hosted the Trans Law Institute in previous years.  This event is not affiliated with the Association.

The Symposium features leading edge attorneys who are
bringing the cases and enacting the laws and policies
that make a difference for the trans community.

A suggested donation of $30 will help to provide refreshments for attendees

Keynote Speaker

M. Dru Levasseur

Transgender Rights Project National Director, Lambda Legal

8:30-9:00 Coffee and networking
9:00-9:15 Welcome
9:15-10:15 Trans Health Care Panel
10:15-11:15 State Legislative Panel
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Employment Law Panel
12:30-2:00 Lunch and networking
2:00-3:00 Skill Sharing Session
3:00-4:00 Violence and Detention Panel

4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-4:45 Keynote: Dru Levasseur, Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Project National Director
4:45-5:00 Conclusion
Happy Hour and Networking at Bar Louie, 333-335 N. Dearborn St.

Full Listing of Panel Members below


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A suggested donation of $30 will help provide refreshments to attendees. Click here to pay now via PayPal, or you may send a check to the address below. You may also pay what you can at the door.


Healthcare Panel

  • Ashe McGovern (Moderator), New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Amy Nelson, Whitman-Walker Legal Services
  • Elliot Kennedy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
  • Noah Lewis, Transcend Legal
  • Ezra Young, Law Office of Jillian T. Weiss

State Legislative Panel

  • Alison Gill (Moderator), Human Rights Campaign
  • Jenny Pizer, Lambda Legal
  • Arli Christian, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Sasha Buchert, Transgender Law Center

Violence and Detention Panel

  • Demoya Gordon (Moderator), Lambda Legal
  • Harper Jean Tobin, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Carmina Ocampo, Lambda Legal
  • Owen-Daniel McCarter, Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
  • Flor Bermudez, Transgender Law Center

Employment Panel

  • Jillian T. Weiss (Moderator), Law Office of Jillian T. Weiss
  • Matt Wood, Transgender Law Center
  • Jacob Richards, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson
  • Chinyere Ezie, Southern Poverty Law Center LGBT Rights Project


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Trans Law Symposium Planning Committee

Co-Chairs: Dr. Jillian T. Weiss, Ramapo College

                   Ashe McGovern (New York Legal Assistance Group)

                   Alison Gill (Human Rights Campaign)

Members: Seth Marnin (Anti-Defamation League), Matt Wood (Transgender Law Center), Sasha Buchert (Transgender Law Center), Ez Cukor (NYC Comm. on Human Rights), Demoya Gordon (Lambda Legal), Alex Chen (HLS)

For further questions or inquiries, please contact Jillian Weiss, PO Box 642, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987, tel: (845) 709-3237, email: