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

Amy Whelan, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney

Amy Whelan joined NCLR as a senior staff attorney in February 2011 and works on NCLR’s full range of casework. Before joining NCLR, Amy was an associate in the San Francisco firm of Rosen, Bien & Galvan LLP (RBG). There, she represented individuals, organizations, and classes of people in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, principally in the area of civil rights. In 2008 and 2009, Amy was a member of the trial team in Coleman/Plata v. Schwarzenegger, a combined lawsuit challenging the California prison system’s unconstitutional provision of medical and mental healthcare. A unanimous three-judge panel ruled in favor of the prisoners in that case and the United States Supreme Court affirmed that decision on May 23, 2011.

In addition to her work litigating class action prisoners’ civil rights cases, Amy worked on a wide variety of other matters, including First Amendment, police misconduct, jail suicide, and employment discrimination cases. She also successfully represented a federal employee in an administrative grievance proceeding who was denied healthcare benefits for her same-sex spouse. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University in 1996, and her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law in 2001.

Favorite Quote

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.“
- Louis D. Brandeis

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