May 27, 2008
Recruiting Transgenders for Law School!
Mary and I are leaving for Florida again tomorrow, for 3 days. I was asked some months ago to speak before the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) on the subject "Best Practices in Recruiting Transgender Law Students". LSAC is a nonprofit corporation whose members are more than 200 law schools in the United States and Canada and is best known for administering the Law School Admission Test (LSAT®). I am honored to share the stage with my friend Dean Spade, currently a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA and Harvard Law Schools. In 2002, Dean founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color.
The LSAC has an annual meeting of Admissions Directors from all the law schools every year. This year, it will be held on Marco Island, in Florida. When I applied to law school, as an out transgender student, I was very uncertain how I would be received. But, as everyone knows, I was so committed to being out that I made my transgender status a central theme in my Personal Statement. And, of course, I got admitted. Now, this consortium of all the country's law schools wants my advice on how to bring more transgender students to law school (although I imagine that there will be some law school representatives, such as from Ave Maria Law School who will choose not to attend this session). How cool is that? I'm very excited.
In case you're wondering how they decided to ask me (I wondered), it turns out that they use the old-fashioned approach -- they did an internet search and stumbled across this blog. After reading my law school application's Personal Statement, and skimming the Law School related posts, they decided to approach me. I'm honored, truly.
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That is wonderful, Denise: wonderful for you, and wonderful for the law schools!
Posted by: greymatters | May 27, 2008 7:50:09 AM
Thanks, GM! Yep, I think it's pretty wonderful, too. I can only hope it's wonderful for the law schools (my talk, that is. I'm pretty clear that it'd be wonderful for them to actually recruit more of us gender-benders).
Posted by: Denise | May 27, 2008 8:42:27 PM
I am shocked - SHOCKED - I tell you! Next thing you know, you'll be out there drumming up support for the Homosexual Agenda and trying to recruit poor innocents into that lifestyle of sin. After all, if you're willing to recruit lawyers, there can be no end to your depravity!
OK - I really did try to keep a straight face while typing this and failed. Since I can't snipe at you and Michelle from on stage, this will have to do. In truth, congratulations on being chosen. They couldn't have found a better person for the job.
Posted by: Jami | May 28, 2008 11:29:50 AM
You are well deserving of this recognition. Congratulations!
Posted by: Kelli Busey | May 28, 2008 9:27:08 PM
I am so proud of you and your speech given self!! ((huggs))
Posted by: deb | May 31, 2008 4:43:39 PM
Jami you are a hoot! I enjoyed your comments!
You're right ....what could be next!
Posted by: Deb | May 31, 2008 4:49:29 PM
As usual, I'm not surprised that you were chosen. You will do a mrvelous job in giving the LSAC some good hard earned lessons learned". I know you will make a difference in this important activity. Maybe someday we will even have judges that understand our efforts to live our lives in equality, peace and happiness.
Please don't make too many trips by Knoxville without stopping to say hello. I expect this trip will be by air if three days is all the time you have.
Posted by: Robin H | Jun 1, 2008 11:04:25 PM
Hi Jami, Robin and Sis!
Thanks, all. The panel went very well. They were pleased with me and I with their interest and enthusiasm.
Deb, you're right -- Jami *is* a hoot. She'll be in Denver over the July 4th weekend. Maybe you two could meet.
Robin, you're right, we flew. We would dearly love to see you again and we keep you and your family in our thoughts.
Posted by: Denise | Jun 2, 2008 6:34:19 PM