Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Alexander L. Chen, Esq.

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Alexander Chen joined NCLR in 2017 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Salesforce.org and Baker McKenzie). His project focuses on expanding the rights of transgender youth through litigation and policy advocacy.  In 2018, Alexander was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy.

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, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, 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.

Alexander is also a founding member and the current Secretary of the National Trans Bar Association. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and cat.

Alexander is only admitted to practice in New York, and is not licensed to practice in California.

Favorite Quote:

 “It is too late to start
For destinations not of the heart.”

— R.S. Thomas

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