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Jennifer L. Levi

Professor of Law

EDUCATION

A.B., Wellesley College
J.D., University of Chicago Law School

COURSES TAUGHT

Alternative Reproductive Techn.
Constitutional Law
Family Law
Gender & the Law
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & the Law

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: jlevi@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1448
Office: L 311

GENERAL INFORMATION

Professor Levi has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of women; children; the poor; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered clients. Most recently, Professor Levi was Senior Staff Attorney for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston. Prior to that, she was a Visiting Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, worked as an Associate Attorney for two Chicago law firms, and clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. Professor Levi served as Cocounsel for the seven same-sex couples who sued the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for denying them the right to obtain marriage licenses in Goodridge et al v. the Department of Public Health. The appeal led to the landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that stated it was unconstitutional for the Commonwealth to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

JENNIFER L. LEVI & ELIZABETH E. MONNIN-BROWDER eds., TRANSGENDER FAMILY LAW: A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY (2012). SSRN Digital Commons

Book Chapters

Caitlin C. Egleson & Jennifer L. Levi, Gender Identity Discrimination, in 2 MASSACHUSETTS EMPLOYMENT LAW (John F. Adkins & Nancy S. Shilepsky, eds., 3d ed. Supp. 2013).

Jennifer L. Levi & Bennett H. Klein, Pursuing Protection for Transgender People Through Disability Laws, in TRANSGENDER RIGHTS (Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, Shannon Price Minter, eds., 2006).

Jennifer L. Levi, Marriage and Civil Unions, in REPRESENTING NONTRADITIONAL FAMILIES ch. 8 (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. 2001).

Journal Articles

Harper Jean Tobin & Jennifer L. Levi, Securing Equal Access to Sex-segregated Facilities for Transgender Students, 28 WIS. J.L. GENDER & SOCY 301 (2013). Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Symposium: Radical Nemesis: Re-Envisioning Ivan Illichs Theories on Social Institutions: Foreword, 34 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 341 (2012). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer Levi & Giovanna Shay, The Dangers of Reform, WOMEN'S REVIEW OF BOOKS, July/Aug. 2012, at 30 (2012) (reviewing DEAN SPADE, NORMAL LIFE: ADMINISTRATIVE VIOLENCE, CRITICAL TRANS POLITICS, AND THE LIMITS OF LAW (2011)). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi & Daniel Redman, The Cross-Dressing Case for Bathroom Equality, 34 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 133 (2010). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples: Where We Are and Where We Are Going, 22 J. AM. ACAD. MATRIM. LAW. 55 (2009). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Misapplying Equity Theories: Dress Codes at Work, 19 YALE J.L. & FEMINISM 353 (2008). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Symposium: Issues in Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Transgender Couples: Foreword, 30 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 671 (2008). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Some Modest Proposals for Challenging Established Dress Code Jurisprudence, 14 DUKE J. GENDER L. & POL'Y 243 (2007). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Clothes Don't Make the Man (or Woman), But Gender Identity Might, 15 COLUM. J. GENDER & L. 90 (2006). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Probation Restrictions Impacting the Right to Procreate: The Oakley Error, 26 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 81 (2004). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Toward a More Perfect Union: The Road to Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples, 13 WIDENER L.J. 831 (2004). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, A Prescription for Gender: How Medical Professionals Can Help Secure Equality for Transgender People, 4 GEO. J. GENDER & L. 721 (2003). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Protections for Transgender Employees, HUM. RTS., Summer 2003. at 12. SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, A Review of Transgender Jurisprudence: Dysphoric Bodies of Law, 24 ADELAIDE L. REV. 99 (2003). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi , Brief for the Plaintiff-Appellant Lucas Rosa in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Lucas Rosa v. Park West Bank and Trust Company on Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 7 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 147 (2001). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Epilogue, 7 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 179 (2001). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Paving the Road: A Charles Hamilton Houston Approach to Securing Trans Rights, 7 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 5 (2000). SSRN Digital Commons

Jennifer L. Levi, Massachusetts' Domestic Partnership Challenge: Hope for a Better Future, 9 LAW & SEXUALITY 137 (1999-2000). SSRN Digital Commons