Bennett Klein, Esq.
Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director
Ben Klein is a Senior Attorney and has been the AIDS Law Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1994. Ben has litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts establishing legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people living with HIV. He was counsel in Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health, GLAD’s 2008 victory in the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional.
Ben was lead counsel in Bragdon v. Abbott, the first HIV discrimination case to be heard by the United States Supreme Court. The case involved a Bangor, Maine dentist who had a written policy of refusing to treat any patient who had tested positive for HIV. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 1998 established nationwide protection against discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act for all people with HIV. Ben also won a decision before the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance Board of Appeals in 2001 ensuring equal access to liver transplants for HIV-positive individuals under the Commonwealth's MassHealth program.
He is a 1982 graduate of Oberlin College and a 1987 graduate of Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining GLAD, Ben was a litigation associate at the Boston law firms of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong (1990 - 1994) and Gaston & Snow (1987 - 1990). He has been involved in several Boston-area community organizations, including as a “buddy” for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a Board member of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association and a founding member of the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY).
Read more about the 2008 Connecticut marriage equality victory
Read about Ben Klein's U.S. Supreme Court Win in The New York Times, June, 1998