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Law Notes: Cases Mount As SCOTUS Holds

May 15th, 2020

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from May.

  • Massachusetts SJC Rules Probate Court Has Jurisdiction Over Complex Gestational Surrogacy Petition
  • Transgender Man in the U.K. Cannot Be Listed as Farther on Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Magistrate Judge Rejects Transgender Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed Anonymously
  • Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction to Screen ICE Detainees at High Risk for COVID-19

Asylum, LGBT Families, and Tranistion-Related Health

April 14th, 2020

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from April.

1. Appellate Victory for Gay Man from Ghana Seeking Asylum in the US

2. New York Appeals Court Refuses to Extend Important LGBT Family Rights to Tri-Custodial Arrangements

3. Alaska and North Carolina Victories for Access to Transition-Related Health Care 

Perspectives: Coronavirus and the Legal Profession

April 8th, 2020

On this episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast, Eric Lesh chats with members of the legal profession about how COVID-19 is affecting their lives and work. Joining us:

Victor Tarantino, 2L, Hofstra Law School

Daniel Sinasohn, former associate, Camacho Mauro Mulholland, LLP 

Sarah Filcher, Staff Attorney, Legal Services Hudson Valley

Meredith Miller, Professor of Law, Touro Law School.

Transgender People in Custody & Schools

March 20th, 2020

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from February.

  1. Supreme Court Agrees to Review Catholic Foster Care Agency’s Claimed Right to Discriminate against Same-Sex Couples
  2. Ninth Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing in Idaho Inmate’s Gender Confirmation Surgery Case; Circuit Split Possible; Many Judges Dissent
  3. Ninth Circuit Panel Affirms Ruling Rejecting Challenge to School District’s Policy of Allowing Transgender Students to Use Facilities Consistent with their Gender Identity
  • California Court Denies Release or Transfer of Transgender Woman in ICE Custody Seeking Medical Treatment and a Bond Hearing

Victory for HIV+ Servicemembers and More

March 3rd, 2020

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from January.

1. Fourth Circuit Affirms Injunction against Department of Defense Declaring Policy that Discharges HIV+ Servicemembers as Arbitrary and Capricious and Based on Outdated Science

2. Fifth Circuit Issues Hostile Opinion on Transgender Prisoner’s Name Change, Drawing “Emphatic” Dissent

3. Texas Court of Appeals Affirms Divorce Decree Requiring Lesbian Co-Parent to Pay Child Support

Special SCOTUS Pod: license to discriminate case granted

February 25th, 2020

On February 24, the U.S. Supreme Court  agreed to hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, The Supreme Court will decide whether Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it stopped referring  children in the foster care system to agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples on religious grounds.

LGBT Law Notes: SCOTUS, prisons, health and more

January 23rd, 2020

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from December:

1. Supreme Court Denies Trans Inmate’s Petition in Transition Denial Case

2. New York Appellate Division Affirms Ruling Reuniting Child With Second Parent After a Significant Lapse of Time

3. Arizona District Court Treats State Health Provider’s Exclusion of Gender Reassignment Surgery as a Violation of Title VII and Leaves Open Plaintiff’s Equal Protection Claim

LGBT Rights and Reproductive Justice

January 17th, 2020

January 22 marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v Wade. The holding in Roe and fight for reproductive justice are centered on the ability of all people to have freedom of self determination over their own body, health, and destiny. These are the same values at the heart of LGBT peoples fight for equal dignity.

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY talks with Scott Ruskay-Kidd of the Center for Reproductive Rights about the ways in which the legal battle for reproductive justice and LGBT rights are linked.

LGBTQ Cases in the Lower Courts

December 10th, 2019

On the Law Notes Episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast, Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from November:

1. Illinois Federal Judge Remands Board of Immigration Appeals' Decision Involving the Denial of a Married Same-Sex Couple's I-130 Petition.

2. Christian School's Suit to Remain in Maryland's Scholarship Program Survives Motion to Dismiss

3. Art Teache's Lawsuit Against Texas Public School Survives Dismissal Motion

Transgender Day of Remembrance (“TDOR”)

November 20th, 2019

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (“TDOR”). It is a day to honor the memory of those members of our community whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

On this episode, LeGaL's Executive Director, Eric Lesh, and Board President, Kristen Browde discuss TDOR 2019.

At LeGaL, we remember the primarily trans women of color lost to transphobic bigotry and violence. This year’s TDOR comes in the wake of reports that at least 22 people were lost to deadly attacks in 2019.

Ending the crisis of violence against transgender people demands action across our entire community. Of the 1.4 million transgender people living in the U.S., 9% reported being physically attacked in the past year because of their identity. And this epidemic is on the rise. Between 2017 and 2018, reported incidents of anti-trans violence rose by 34%.

LeGaL has been fighting to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from discrimination for over four decades.

Today, we rededicate ourselves to continuing the fight for the safety, dignity, and equality of all transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Trans Lives Matter.