Attorney Deferral Program


We've heard from a number of law firm associates interested in working for transgender equal rights while they participate in their law firms' deferral programs.  We want you to know that we're as enthusiastic about making room for you as you've been about working with us for equal rights.  While requirements for participating in deferral programs vary by firm, in an effort to make the process of filling these positions as straightforward as possible, we thought we'd provide you with the following information.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Please note that we have already filled one deferral position for 2010 - '11.  If you are interested in working with us during your deferral year, we suggest that you contact us soon.  Our ability to successfully accommodate deferred associates is limited by our resources.  That said, thank you for considering spending your deferral year with us.  We're committed to providing you with the experience and skills you need to succeed when you return to your firm to continue your private practice career.

About the Positions

Location:  New York City.

Position Title:  Staff Attorney.

Responsibilities Staff Attorneys work on issues of discrimination based upon gender identity and expression, and provide legal support to our Name Change Project and to our community organizing project, the Transgender Health Initiative of New York. Staff Attorneys will be working in a busy social justice law practice, using a range of advocacy strategies, including litigation, direct legal services, legislative advocacy & policy reform, media, public education, community organizing, and advocacy with administrative agencies. The docket will include a range of civil rights issues in access to public accommodations, housing, and employment.

Qualifications:  Those most likely to benefit from the experience of working in our office are enthusiastically committed to advocating for equal rights and against discrimination based on gender identity or expression.  A background in or familiarity with issues, legal and otherwise, that are important to transgender people is a plus; a willingness to learn about the community is essential.

Contact Us:  Interested attorneys should contact us now.  The limited number of positions we can make available will be filled on a rolling basis.  To get started, please send us your resume by postal or electronic mail (we strongly prefer email).  We'll let you know if we need any additional materials.  If using postal mail, please send to:

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Attn:  Deferral Applicants
151 West 19th Street
Suite 1103
New York, New York  10011

Click here to apply by electronic mail.

Transgender people, other members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities and people of color are strongly encouraged to contact us.  TLDEF is an equal opportunity employer.