Jennifer L. Levi is the director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She is one of two transgender attorneys leading the legal fight against President Trump’s transgender military ban in both Doe v. Trump and Stockman v. Trump.
Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: Doe v. Clenchy, in which, for the first time, a state court ruled that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity; O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which established that medical care relating to gender transition qualifies as a medical deduction for federal income tax purposes; Doe v. Yunits, in which she represented a transgender student denied the right to attend school because of the clothing she wore; and Adams v. Bureau of Prisons, which successfully challenged a federal prison policy excluding medical care for transgender inmates who came into the system without a transition-related medical plan, among many others.
She also has worked on a number of high profile family law cases including Sinnott v. Peck, a Vermont Supreme Court case that affirmed protecting parent-child relationships based on loving bonds, not legal formalities, the Miller-Jenkins case establishing full parental rights for a Vermont civil union spouse and cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts that established the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Jennifer co-edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients.
Jennifer is a law professor at Western New England University. She serves on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and is a founding member of both the Transgender Law & Policy Institute and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
Jennifer is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Video: Jennifer Levi talks about GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project
Video: Jennifer Levi testifies in Massachusetts in support of transgender nondiscrimination protections
Jennifer Levi interviewed in Tapestry Magazine in 2005