Spring 2004

Leadership Profile: Courtney Joslin

Courtney Joslin, Co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee, became interested in the work of the Section when she attended the 2001 ABA Midyear Meeting. She had worked closely with the Section on the Uniform Parentage Act that year and was impressed by the Section's level of commitment to equal treatment of all people. She subsequently was encouraged to join the committee, and became Co-chair in fall 2002.

Currently a Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in San Francisco and an adjunct professor at the University of California-Berkelely School of Law (Boalt Hall), Courtney graduated from Harvard Law School in 1998 and clerked at the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Her current work at NCLR includes representing five same-sex couples in California cases challenging San Franciso Mayor Gavin Newsome's authority to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and family law issues regarding lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender (LBGT) individuals. She also represents LBGT youth who have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

As committee co-chair, Courtney helped direct development of the committee-drafted ABA policy recommendation opposing the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment (see story, p. 1), which would compromise existing protections afforded to lesbian and gay couples, including domestic partnerships and civil unions, that are legal in some states. She also participates in the Section of Family Law working group on Same-Sex Marriages and Non-Marital Unions.

For more information about the work of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee, contact Courtney at joslin@nclrights.org.

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