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MoFo Files Supreme Court Brief Supporting Transgender Rights

02 Mar 2017

Morrison & Foerster filed an amicus brief supporting a transgender high-school student in Gloucester County School Board v. G. G. in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case presents important questions of how Title IX applies to transgender students, and it is the first time the Supreme Court has considered a discrimination case affecting transgender rights.

The amicus brief was filed on behalf of Mills College, the first private women’s college to formally change its admissions policy to admit transgender women. As the brief explains, “Mills adopted that policy because it views educating transgender women as consistent with its mission of educating and empowering women to be leaders in society.” “Transgender women, fundamentally, are women.” Thus, the fact that Mills exists “specifically for women is a reason to include transgender women, not to exclude them.” Indeed, at least ten women’s colleges have now adopted admissions policies that are inclusive toward transgender women.

The MoFo team representing Mills was led by Marc Hearron, and the team included Ruth Borenstein, Allison Lauterbach Dale, and Deanne Maynard.

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