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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468552147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468552140
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An outstanding book with contributions from some of the most respected and knowledgeable practitioners in an area of family law that, until now, has been largely uncharted. Those who read Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy will learn from the experts how best to advocate for clients whose rights are, sadly, all too often overlooked."
- Julie Greenberg, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson Law School

"As more and more transgender people come out and claim their rights, Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy has come along at just the right time. Any transgender person who is facing a family law issue should hand a copy of this book to their attorney."
- Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

"This is a groundbreaking book. Family law deals with deeply personal issues that can be uniquely challenging for trans people, who are already extremely vulnerable in the legal system because of pervasive bias and misunderstanding. This is required reading for family law practitioners seeking to provide effective representation for our community."

- Joanne Herman, author of Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not
"Clear and comprehensive, this text brings together some of the most knowledgeable and respected legal minds working in the field of American transgender family law. An indispensable resource for litigators and scholars seeking practical, effective wisdom. "
- Jamison Green, PhD, author, educator, transgender activist

About the Author

Edited by Jennifer L. Levi and Elizabeth E. Monnin-Browder

Jennifer L. Levi is the Director of the Transgender Rights Project at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues.

Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including:  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 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 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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Gillis on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
This guide is most useful for people practicing within the legal field. As a transgender person who works in law, I found the writing is accessible but not overly simplistic and thus would be appropriate for the lay population as well. The book has a good mix of examples without getting bogged down by individual state's differences. It provides a clear over-view of the difficulties transgender people face within the family law context. It also serves as a great educational tool for family law attorneys who are not familiar with working with transgender clients.

If you learn anything from this book, it is that we need more attorneys who are willing to take on cases involving transgender clients, and we need an increase in awareness and education of potential legal issues within the transgender population itself.

This book serves as a much needed start to accessible legal conversations about the state of transgender people and the law.
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