TLDEF is Hiring a Staff Attorney!

We're hiring... and we need your help to fill the position!  We're very excited to be hiring a staff attorney to help us expand and enrich the legal services we provide. A full job description is posted below, and has also been posted at and other job-search web sites.  But many of you, our friends and supporters, know people who might be great candidates for the job. We want to have as diverse and talented an applicant pool as possible, and you can help us by forwarding this page (just copy the URL above into an email message) to committed and motivated lawyers who might be interested in applying for the position.

Our ability to expand our staff at this critical juncture in our development is directly tied to the support you've shown us.  Donations small and large, from individuals, corporations and foundations, add up to make it possible for us to grow and expand our advocacy in pursuit of equal rights, and against discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

We're delighted to find ourselves at this juncture, and we hope that you're happy to see us here, too.

Thank you.


Staff Attorney Job Description & Application Instructions

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is seeking a staff attorney to work on issues of discrimination based upon gender identity and expression, and to provide legal support to our Name Change Project.  One to three years of relevant litigation experience, civil rights practice or work in the transgender community strongly preferred.

TLDEF is a not-for-profit civil rights law firm committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.

The Name Change Project provides free legal name changes to community members through TLDEF’s partnerships with some of New York City’s most prestigious law firms.


The staff attorney will be working in a busy social justice law practice, using a range of advocacy strategies, including litigation, direct legal services through the Name Change Project, 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, including health care, housing, and employment, as well as the provision of legal support to the Name Change Project.


Applications are encouraged from attorneys with one to three years of relevant litigation experience. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the struggle against discrimination based on gender identity and expression, and to achieving equality for transgender people. Applicants must have top litigation skills, determination, and a passion for working with and on behalf of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills are essential, as is the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. The ability to speak Spanish is a strong plus.

TLDEF offers salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

To Apply:

Please send applications to TLDEF, 216 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009. Applications by email to are encouraged. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references (including daytime telephone numbers). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be submitted by September 8, 2008.

TLDEF is an affirmative action employer. Transgender and gender non-conforming people, lesbians, gay men, people of color and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.