Advocacy for transgender communities through a name change project – Management

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A team of lawyers from Jenner & Block partnered with Abbott Laboratories to help a transgender client change her legal name to ensure her legal identity matches her lived experience. The team was introduced to the client through the firm’s partnership with the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and its Name Change Project, which provides pro bono legal name change services to low-income transgender people. , gender non-conforming and non-conforming. binary people.

The team helped his client compile the necessary paperwork to obtain the name change, file the name change petition with the court, and fulfill the name change publication requirement. They also prepared their client for the hearing by discussing the course of the hearing and reviewing potential questions from the court. At the hearing, their client answered the judge’s questions, and the judge granted the legal request for a name change. The customer can now make changes to their identification using certified copies of the court order changing their name.

The team included partners Laurie Edelstein and Joseph J. Torres, and associate Alexis E. Bates.

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