Board of Directors
D Dangaran joins the Board after being an NTBA member, mentee, mentor, and overall fan since its founding. D is a Filipino-Black non-binary trans femme/fairy hailing from and rooted in Wahiawa, Hawaii. They aim to bring the aloha spirit to everything that is their kuleana, of which trans community building is a vital part.
D is a first-generation college graduate of Yale College, where they were a student leader in QTPOC community-building, sexual health activism, and consent education. After college, they worked as a Dean’s Fellow at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where they organized campus events focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. D received their J.D. from Harvard Law School, where they juggled student practice opportunities in tenant advocacy, prison legal assistance, and the family and domestic violence clinic with their academic pursuits.
As a board member of HLS Lambda, they co-planned a conference focused on the intersection of LGBTQ communities, feminism, and the criminal legal system, entitled “Fighting the (Q)arceral State.” They were an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review, for which they published student articles about restorative justice for sexual assault, healthcare access for trans people in prison, and Native Hawaiian land reparations.
They interned at the Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa, the GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. D served as a law clerk for Judge Corinne Beckwith on the D.C. Court of Appeals and they are currently a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
This Fall, they will return to Washington, D.C., as a Movement Lawyering and Litigation Fellow at Rights Behind Bars, where they will use constitutional claims to counteract the violence and neglect that trans people face in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers. D loves to sing, dance, and laugh–loudly. They welcome dialogue, debate, and discussion with anyone interested in reaching out.
Rafael Langer Osuna
Rafael Langer-Osuna is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP where they focus on two distinct areas of commercial litigation. On the one hand, they try cases in state and federal courts for and against foreign sovereigns. On the other, they litigate disputes involving the internet, including data breach and data privacy matters, as well as cases arising from online defamation, the use of copyrighted materials on social media, hacking, and software licensing conflicts. Rafael is barred in California and Florida and has been admitted to practice before the Fifth and the Ninth Circuits as well as several district courts throughout the country.
Rafael dedicates a significant amount of time to studying and bettering the world around them. They maintain an active pro bono practice including drafting amicus briefs in impact litigation on behalf of the trans community, assisting the Transgender Law Center’s asylum efforts, extracting information from police departments regarding discriminatory policing practices, working for environmental groups, winning cases for local charitable organizations, and helping to improve gender equity.
In addition to serving as a board member with Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (the Bay Area’s LGBTQ bar association also known as BALIF), where they are Co-Chair of BALIF’s Programming and Community Activism Committees, Rafael also currently serves as a non-binary support group facilitator, the Vice President of the Western Cave Conservancy, and as an advisory board member for the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation. Rafael was born in Bolivia, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has lived all over the country.
They earned degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (BA), UC Berkeley (MA in Education), and Duke (JD/MA in East Asian Studies) and studied in Hong Kong SAR and Nanjing, China. In their spare time, Rafael parents two teenagers, reads voraciously, practices Daoist arts, cooks vegan meals for friends, gardens, and surveys California’s caves and reefs.
Jay Larry is an associate at a large Houston-based law firm, where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, Exchange Act filings, and corporate governance matters. Jay has counseled clients regarding multibillion dollar sales of cross-border pipeline systems, target acquisitions by special purpose acquisition companies, and debt and equity offerings.
Prior to joining private practice, Jay interned at Transgender Law Center in Oakland, California. His scholarship includes a journal article published in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society. Jay earned his J.D. and Certificate in Law and Business from Vanderbilt Law School.
He completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where he was a Gates Millennium Scholar (through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. At university, he majored in English and History Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Victorian-era England, and minored in Film Studies, Spanish, and Philosophy.
In his free time, Jay enjoys travelling, especially to the U.K., Germany, Greece, Jamaica and Cuba. Back to Top
Shane McCammon is a senior litigation career associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where she focuses on complex disputes in the financial services and commercial real estate sectors. Shane also dedicates a significant amount of time on pro bono impact litigation on behalf of queer individuals and veterans-rights organizations, and she is a co-chair of Orrick’s LGBTQ+ Attorneys Affinity Group.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2019, Shane served for more than 12 years as an active-duty JAG in the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before separating from active service and joining the reserves. She was the first openly transgender member of the JAG Corps at the time she came out. During her time in the JAG Corps, Shane served primarily as a criminal defense attorney, representing servicemembers accused of crimes in felony-level jury trials. In all, Shane has served as lead counsel in over 100 trials and administrative hearings. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for several years as newspaper reporter.
Shane has degrees from the University of Utah (B.A.), the University of Akron (J.D.), and George Washington University (LL.M.). She wrote her LL.M. thesis on the U.S. military’s then-existing ban on open transgender service, where she advocated for the reversal of the discriminatory policy.
Shane has lived all over the country and has spent nearly a decade of her life overseas, living in Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. She considers Salt Lake City, Utah, to be her hometown—although she has now lived in the D.C. metro area longer than any other place. Shane has four children, two of whom are now adults and the other two close behind. In her spare time, Shane enjoys writing, goofing around with her guitar and bass, going to live shows, cooking, and traveling.
Kristen Prata Browde
Kristen Prata Browde is a Family Law attorney based in Westchester County, New York. Kristen is a graduate of Fordham University Law School, where she also served as Writing and Research editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. Kristen holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University (B.A., Government & Philosophy – 1972).
She has written on a variety of legal topics, including First Amendment issues, authoring “Warning: Wearing Eyeglasses May Subject You to Additional Liability and other Foibles of Post-Diana Newsgathering – An Analysis of California’s Civil Code Section 1708.8” 10 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 697 (2000). She has also written on a variety of topics for American Lawyer Media’s publications. (These articles were written under her former name.)
Kristen, a current co-chair of the NTBA Board, is also President of the Boards of Directors of the LGBT Bar Association of New York. She serves as a director of Equality NY,and is also a Trustee of the AFTRA Retirement System. Kristen’s other life is in politics. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the New York State Council on Women and Girls, appointed by New York’s Governor Cuomo, and is a member of the Westchester County Women’s Advisory Board and the Chappaqua Central School District Financial Advisory Committee.
Kristen is also a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for the New York State Assembly, seeking election in the state’s 93rd District. Kristen lives in Chappaqua, New York with one of her two sons; the other is in college in Europe.
Lucas Cameron-Vaughn grew up between Memphis, TN and Atlanta, GA (where he never felt like he quite fit in). Lucas grew up in historically invisible Southern communities including indigenous communities and queer communities in the Delta region. He became interested in social justice activism at a young age after becoming aware of the violence and stigma leveled against his family from colonization to the Indian Removal Act of 1830 up to the stereotypical mascots of our current times.
Lucas worked in the visual arts and as a musician for the majority of his life as a young adult. He found community with trans and gender nonconforming people (where he finally felt like he did fit in). He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Philosophy and a concentration in Economics, magna cum laude. The decision to attend law school was made after Lucas witnessed the indignities suffered by trans people at the hands of Southern law enforcement. Many of his close friends were victims of hate crimes or had no recourse for erasure of their legal existence.
He graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Lucas fights hard to make the law more equitable for all people. After law school, he completed a Children’s Defense and Health Policy Research Fellowship with the University of Memphis School of Law where he successfully co-counseled with ACLU-TN and Just City to change the nearly 200-year-old Tennessee “safe keeper” statute that allowed children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities to be held in solitary confinement for years prior to trial. His project focused on trauma-informed advocacy for children charged with crimes as adults.
In law school, he clerked at Transgender Law Center in Oakland, CA, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee in Nashville, TN. He spent his time at TLC assisting with prison reform for TGNC prisoners and legislative policy change. At the ACLU-TN, he worked on many cases including Doe v. Hommrich—a watershed class action ending solitary confinement for youth with mental disabilities in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
Lucas established Collective Justice Legal Group, P.C., the only civil rights focused law firm in Memphis, TN in 2017. He currently litigates federal civil and criminal matters at the trial and appellate level. He also practices immigration law.
Alexander Chen (@alexanderlchen) is a nationally recognized transgender civil rights attorney who is currently an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Salesforce.org and Baker McKenzie) at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations. Alexander is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches the Law School’s inaugural course on Gender Identity and the Law.
At NCLR, Alexander’s work focuses on expanding the rights of transgender people through litigation and policy advocacy in education, employment, health care, housing, prisons, and juvenile justice and child welfare settings. Alexander is a member of the legal team litigating the transgender military cases Doe v. Trump and Stockman v. Trump. He also co-drafted AB 2119, a bill making California the first state to guarantee access to transition-related health care for trans youth in foster care.
Alexander has received numerous awards for his work, including being named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy, and one of the 40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Alexander received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was the first openly transgender editor of the Harvard Law Review 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.
Taylor Brown is a Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to advancing the full civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV. Taylor previously served as the Tyron Garner Memorial Law Fellow at Lambda Legal, pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and public education addressing inequities in law and policy for African American LGBT people and African American people living with HIV.
Taylor began her career at Lambda Legal as a legal intern in the Transgender Rights Project in Lambda Legal’s New York City headquarters. Taylor is particularly passionate about access to healthcare and education equity for transgender people and the intersection of LGBT/HIV status with race and socio-economic status.
Taylor received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Taylor was a Carolina Covenant Scholar. At Cardozo, Taylor was a Nathaniel E. Gates Scholar. She served as Vice President of Cardozo OUTLaw and she was involved with the Minority Law Students Alliance and Black Law Students Association.
During law school, Taylor worked on death penalty appellate litigation at the Georgia Resource Center, served as a legal intern in the Transgender Rights Project at Lambda Legal’s National Headquarters and was a 2016 Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Back to Top
Raymond Wendell is an attorney at Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, a boutique litigation firm in Oakland, California. Raymond represents plaintiffs in wage-and-hour, employment discrimination, disability access, and consumer rights class actions.
Previously, he clerked for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff in the Southern District of California. In 2013, Raymond graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is a 2007 graduate of Georgetown University.
Raymond has been selected as a “Super Lawyers” Rising Star since 2017. He has spoken on panels and authored publications on topics ranging from trucking law to LGBT+ rights. In his free time, he enjoys camping, rock climbing, and playing banjo. Back to Top
Malita Picasso is the Skadden Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, LGBT & HIV Project, where she advocates on behalf of transgender elders who experience discrimination and harassment while seeking elder-specific medical care, housing, and other aging services.
She graduated in 2019 from CUNY School of Law, where she served as 2018-2019 Editor-in-Chief of the CUNY Law Review, and 2017-2018 President of the Student Government. She was also the 2019 recipient of the Dave Fields Prize for Student Achievement and Leadership. In addition to these activities, Malita’s maintained her commitment to working with and on behalf of transgender people through several internships at Brooklyn Defender Services, ACLU Racial Justice Program, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Malita is originally from Southern California, and received a B.A. in Feminist Studies from Stanford University before moving to Brooklyn, NY. Prior to pursuing her J.D., she fought to protect the rights of New Yorkers as a paralegal at the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Apart from her advocacy work, Malita enjoys cooking delicious Mexican food and looking at pictures and videos of cute dogs. Back to Top
Prior to attending law school, Rook worked as a military intelligence analyst in the US Army, and later for many years as a private investigator. Rook attended Florida Coastal School of Law under a full scholarship, and has a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Forensic Science. She worked throughout law school, writing motions and appellate briefs for various law firms, as well as assisting in criminal trials. She is a gifted writer who has written many appellate briefs for multiple district courts of appeal, as well as for the Florida Supreme Court.
Rook is a Florida native and licensed to practice in all Florida courts.
Rook is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Texas, the Western District of New York, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and she also handles civil rights cases in federal courts around the United States.
As a Transgender woman herself, Rook’s passion is for civil rights, particularly with respect to Transgender and other LGBT discrimination cases. In addition, she spent three years working in criminal defense, and understands the importance of “watching the watchmen” and making sure that when those tasked with enforcing the laws overstep their bounds and engage in abuse, brutality, and misconduct, they are brought to heel under the law.
When she isn’t fighting in court, Rook is usually riding her motorcycles, arguing on the Internet, or attending synagogue. Back to Top
Tamia “Mia” Perez is a law student at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology and Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, where she actively participated in advocacy work within the Carolina Equality Alliance, an organization with an emphasis on protecting civil liberties affecting marginalized communities.
She currently serves as the President of the Health Law Society, Director of Operations for the Black Law Students Association, and the Co-Events Director of OutLaw at her law school, where she leads several community service initiatives that provide access to healthcare and legal resources to marginalized communities who would otherwise not have access to these resources. She is also a student ambassador of Dreambuilders of America’s Youth where she has consistently provided mentorship and resources to disadvantaged youth and members of the community for over a decade.
She has presented as a student panelist within a workplace discrimination forum sponsored by the New York State Bar Association in addition to moderating a CLE on Gender Identity and Expression: Creating Inclusive Spaces which was also sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. Mia is extremely passionate about advocacy and has interned at Murtha Cullina LLP, Avangrid, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the Honorable Bill Henderson within the Eighth Judicial District Court. Further, she has led pro bono initiatives at her law school such as the Name Change Clinic, which has helped dozens of trans and GNC individuals within the community.
As a Black woman of trans experience, she has personal knowledge of issues affected the trans and GNC community such as workplace discrimination, access to healthcare, housing, and legal services. She believes that legislative initiatives, community outreach and advocacy are vital to combating social injustices that have disproportionately affected the LGBTQ community and people of color.
She will sit for the New York State bar next year after graduation and has an interest in Health Law, Intellectual Property and Civil Rights.
A skilled trial attorney, Lawren D. Burroughs is a former Assistant Public Defender for the Office of the Public Defender in Norfolk, Virginia. Attorney Burroughs is also a former certified Guardian Ad Litem for the Commonwealth of Virginia, representing children in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth. She has a background in retirement planning with Delaware Investments and the American Funds Group.
In addition to practicing family law, she is a former adjunct professor at Saint Leo University, teaching various undergraduate and graduate-level legal courses, such as Intro to Law and the Legal System, Substantive Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Business Law. Attorney Burroughs has lectured local attorneys seeking continuing legal education credits on complying with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and handling military issues in family law.
Attorney Burroughs is a parent of four and a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach, VA, where she continues to reside with her wife, three daughters, son, and their fearless Shih Tzu, Chewie. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors (Secretary) for the LGBT Life Center in Norfolk, VA. She dedicates all of her pro bono efforts to assisting those within the transgender community updating their legal and government-issued identification documents with local advocacy organizations like Equality Virginia, Virginia Equality Bar Association, Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia, and LGBT Life Center.
Milo Inglehart is the COVID-19 Litigation Fellow in the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, where he litigates against jails and prisons for their responses to the pandemic. Previously, Milo was a Redstone Legal Fellow at the Transgender Law Center, where he improved access to health care for trans and gender nonconforming people, in and outside of detention facilities, through a mix of legal services, policy advocacy, and litigation. Before law school, he worked for the New York City Council on participatory governance projects and policy work to improve access to city services. Milo holds a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.Back to Top
Jen Jenkins is Policy Counsel in the Systemic Advocacy & Law Reform Unit with Legal Aid DC. Jen works to bring about systemic change for Legal Aid’s client community (typically at or below 200% of the federal poverty line) and marginalized communities as a whole in DC.
Prior to joining Legal Aid, Jen was a policy advocate with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), a semi-autonomous state agency that uses income from land taken from the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom to benefit Kānaka Maoli. The need for an office dedicated to the well-being of all Hawaiians was born out of activism in the 1970s to right past wrongs suffered by Native Hawaiians for over 100 years.
Before Jen’s formal policy roles, they lead a statewide legislative effort to allow for ‘X’ gender-neutral markers and self-attestation of ones’ gender on Hawai‘i IDs. The law has been effective since July 2020. Jen has been active in many legislative efforts since then and is committed to liberatory systems change. Jen is a member of Law for Black Lives and serves on the board of Whitman Walker Health. They received their B.A. from the University of Hawai’i – West O‘ahu and their law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa.
Milo Manopoulos Beitman
Milo is a staff attorney and clinical supervisor at East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), a non-profit legal services organization and the community-based clinical education program for U.C. Berkeley Law School — one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disruptors. Milo primarily advocates for individuals living with HIV, women of color, and folks of trans experience to access and maintain public benefits and stable housing. Milo also supervises UC Berkeley Law School’s monthly student-led Name and Gender Change Clinic.
Prior to joining EBCLC, Milo was a staff attorney at Legal Assistance for Seniors supporting older adults and those living with disabilities to access public benefits, health law and housing. Previously, he volunteered at Bay Area Legal Aid, Open Door Legal, and was a legal fellow for the International Justice Resource Center. During law school, Milo interned with The California Appellate Project, Queer African Youth Networking Center in Ghana and Nigeria, and clerked for Judge Maria-Elena James in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Milo graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2012 with a specialization in public interest and international law. He was also the recipient of the Paul S. Jordan Achievement Award for Service and Contribution. Milo received his Bachelor of Arts in 2005 from Mills College with a degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis with a specialization in International Relations and a Women’s Studies minor. Milo is admitted to practice law in California and Washington D.C.
Milo deeply struggles with writing about schools attended, jobs done, accolades given and yet realizes the importance of naming his journey for other transgender lawyers and law students on a similar path to witness hope and resilience within our community. Milo is a transmasculine white passing immigrant who hopes to keep leveraging his privileges to uplift and contribute to our trans communities of color. In his free time, Milo enjoys hot springs, RnB concerts, pleasure seeking adventures, playing soccer, and spending time with his two pre-teen kids, chosen family and community.
Jessie McGrath has been a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1988. She’s currently the Deputy-in-Charge of the District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Section, the largest such dedicated prosecutorial unit in California. Ms. McGrath has tried many serious felonies throughout her career including special circumstances murder. Her first murder trial involved the murder of a trans woman who was shot to death on Sunset Boulevard in 1988.
Prior to her assignment in the Asset Forfeiture Section, Ms. McGrath has worked in several specialty assignments. Her areas of expertise include consumer protection, cyber-crime, narcotics and juvenile law. She helped create and build what is now the Cyber Crimes Division. Ms. McGrath received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She is the parent to five amazing kids, including two who have already graduated law school and one who is currently in law school at USC. Ms. McGrath sits on the Board of Directors of APLA Health (formerly AIDS Project Los Angeles) and TransCanWork, Los Angeles based non-profits that are working to make the lives of transgender and LQBTQ+ persons better.
Riley Robertson is an attorney at Jones Day based out of Los Angeles, California. Their practice primarily focuses on representing hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare providers in a wide range of commercial disputes, including disputes concerning reimbursement and payment by commercial and government-sponsored payors, qui tam actions, and continuing access to services. Riley also supports health care clients by advising them on regulatory compliance considerations, with a particular passion for assisting clients in developing trans-inclusive policies. They maintain an active pro bono practice advocating for equitable access to justice for the trans community.
Riley received their J.D. from the University of Virginia, where they graduated as a member of the Program in Law and Public Service. While in law school, they served as a programming chair of UVA’s chapter of the Lambda Law Alliance and were a Peer Advisor for 1L and LL.M. students. They spent their summers at the Legal Aid Justice Center and at Jones Day and a semester studying international business law in Madrid, Spain. Prior to law school, Riley worked in nonprofit development through the Episcopal Service Corps. They have a B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale College and spent much of their pre-law life as a lighting designer and production manager.
Riley is also a trained trauma-informed yoga instructor, an avid comic book collector, and a Level 14 Warlock in their weekly D&D campaign.
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