Alexander Chen is the 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. He received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked on trans issues at the Department of Justice, the ACLU LGBT Rights Project, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. He clerked on the Ninth Circuit for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, and in the Southern District of California for the Hon. Gonzalo P. Curiel.
Ezra Cukor is a Staff Attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Previously, as a Staff Attorney at the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group, Cukor represented low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers in employment, housing, and name change matters. Cukor has a JD from Harvard Law School and BA from Wesleyan University.
Aisha N. Davis, Esq., is a fellow at Loevy & Loevy and was born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland. After attending Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, she went on to Columbia Law School and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies for her JD and LLM, respectively.
As an avid student of intersectionality, Aisha has worked on civil rights issues throughout her legal career, including work with Amnesty International, the Human Rights Foundation, Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, the African American Policy Forum, and Lambda Legal. Since her move to Chicago, Aisha has continued this mission through her work with Affinity Community Services, the Pride Action Tank, and as a board member of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.
Chinyere Ezie (Cheen-Yer-Ray Ay-Zee-Ay)is a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer and social justice activist who specializes in constitutional litigation and anti-discrimination work. In 2016, Chinyere was named one of the country's Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
As a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”) LGBT Rights Project, Chinyere served as lead counsel for Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman who sued Georgia for its refusal to provide transgender inmates medical care or protect them from sexual assault. As a result of Chinyere's sustained advocacy, the U.S Department of Justice affirmed that transgender prisoners have a constitutional right to gender dysphoria treatment and commenced an investigation into the treatment of LGBT prisoners across the state; Georgia revised its policies on transgender healthcare and safety and committed to retraining its staff; and Georgia released Ms. Diamond from custody eight years early and paid out a significant monetary settlement.
Chinyere has considerable expertise with respect to constitutional litigation and federal civil rights advocacy, including in the areas of education and employment. She has advocated against bills and ordinances that would subject LGBT persons to disparate treatment; served as counsel for LGBT persons discriminated against in the workplace, including Tristan Broussard, a Louisiana man whose wrongful termination lawsuit attracted the support of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Jessi Dye, a transgender woman from Alabama who obtained a favorable settlement after being terminated from her nursing home job; and assisted with same-sex marriage litigation.
Chinyere clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton LLP in New York City.
Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, where she served as President of Columbia Outlaws and Editor in Chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.
In her free time, Chinyere enjoys photography, graphic design, and spending time with her wife and puppy.
Noah E. lewis
Noah E. Lewis is the founder and executive director of Transcend Legal, a national, New York City-based organization cultivating equitable social, medical and legal recognition of transgender people, one person at a time.
Noah previously worked for the Transgender Law Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and served as the staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund for five years. His work there included leading-edge impact litigation and policy work in areas such as identity documents, health care and public accommodations. He went on to create and run a solo law practice serving transgender clients
Noah is the Chair of the New York City Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee, and was the recipient of the Committee's 2017 Arthur S. Leonard Award for distinguished service on behalf of the LGBT community.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Noah is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School. There he worked successfully to eliminate trans health exclusions in student and staff health plans.
Ashe McGovern is the Legislative and Policy Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, a legal and policy think tank housed in the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia, Ashe was a Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, DC, where they engaged in state and federal legislative and policy research, analysis, and advocacy, with a particular focus on LGBTQ poverty and the criminalization of LGBTQ communities. Prior to CAP, Ashe worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group, where they launched the LGBTQ Health and Economic Justice Initiative to provide direct legal services and advocacy to low-income LGBTQ communities in New York.
Ashe graduated from Cornell University, magna cum laude, where they were awarded the Philo Sherman Bennett honors thesis prize in Political Science, and Cornell Law School, where they were awarded the Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights. While in law school, Ashe worked with several national LGBTQ groups, including Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Ashe's work has been featured in The Nation, NPR, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Salon, The Advocate, and ThinkProgress, among other publications.
Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán
Victoria is the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Particular areas of expertise and focus are the intersections of issues affecting transgender people with disabilities and mental illness, anti- trans workplace discrimination and gun violence prevention from a social justice lens. She has been in trans advocacy the entirety of her adult life, including advocacy in Puerto Rico and in Maine.
She is the author of “Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees”, a gold-standard best practices guide for employers, and frequently speaks on discrimination issues impacting the trans community. She was named the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s 2016 Ally of the Year Award and has been profiled in NBC News and Latina Magazine, among other outlets. Prior to joining the Task Force, she worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center. Victoria holds a B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.
Ezra Young is a Civil Rights attorney based in New York City.
Ezra’s work centers on trans rights, with a focus on rights of recognition, employment protections, and health care and insurance coverage issues. Ezra has represented trans clients in several ground-breaking Title VII cases, including, Jamal v. Saks (S.D. Tex.), Chavez v. Credit Nation Auto Sales (11th Cir.), EEOC v. Lakeland Eye Clinic (M.D. Fla.), EEOC and Brittany Austin v. Deluxe Financial Services (D. Minn.), United States and Rachel Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University et al. (W.D. Okla.), and Texas et al. v. United States et al. and Rachel Tudor (5th Cir.), and Darin B. v. OPM (EEOC 2017). Ezra also represents transgender patients in insurance appeals cases, including Lauderdale v. Unitedhealthcare (HHS 2016), the first case in which the Medicare Appeals Council ordered a health plan to cover vaginal reconstruction surgery for a transgender woman. Ezra regularly authors amicus briefs in federal appeals courts in support of expansive, transgender inclusive interpretations of federal nondiscrimination laws.
Ezra received his BA in Philosophy from Cornell University and his JD from Columbia Law School. While a law student, Ezra served as Executive Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and the Online & Consulting Editor of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. From 2012 to 2014 Ezra served as a Post Doctoral Scholar at Columbia Law School, focussing on trans rights, critical race theory, and intersectionality; Ezra’s studies were supervised by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. Concurrently, Ezra served as research director of the Columbia Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and legal director of the African American Policy Forum. Ezra previously served as an associate at the Law Firm of Jillian T. Weiss, P.C. and as Director of Impact Litigation at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.