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James D. Esseks

James D. Esseks

ACLU Foundation
Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & HIV Project
New York, NY, USA


James D. Esseks is Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project. He oversees litigation, legislative lobbying, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education around the country that seeks to ensure equal treatment of LGBT people and people living with HIV. James is counsel in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., about whether a Virginia school board can bar a boy from the common restrooms because he is transgender, and Carcaño v. McCrory, a challenge to North Carolina’s anti-transgender law known as “HB2.” Previously, he was counsel in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that won the freedom to marry nationwide; in United States v. Windsor, the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act; and in successful challenges to bans on adoption and foster parenting by lesbians and gay men in Florida, Arkansas, and Missouri. He and the ACLU have also worked extensively to fight the recent spate of anti-LGBT and specifically anti-transgender bills in the states and to fight the use of religion as an excuse to harm LGBT people.

James graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Prior to joining the ACLU in 2001, he was a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, PC. James clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable James R. Browning, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

James D. Esseks is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters James Esseks and Kate Redburn, Gender Identity Discrimination and Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination in Federal Law (August 4, 2016) - Employment Law Institute 2016, Thursday, October 27, 2016
James D. Esseks and Ria Tabacco Mar, Gender Identity Discrimination and Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination in Federal Law (March 31, 2017) - Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2017, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
James Esseks and Ria Tabacco Mar, Gender Identity Discrimination and Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination in Federal Law (July 7, 2017) - Employment Law Institute 2017, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Employment Discrimination Claims Under a New Presidential Administration - Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2017, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace - Employment Law Institute 2017, Monday, October 23, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Employment Discrimination Claims Under a New Presidential Administration - Employment Discrimination Claims Under a New Presidential Administration, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace - Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace, Monday, October 23, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Employment Discrimination Claims Under a New Presidential Administration - Employment Discrimination Claims Under a New Presidential Administration, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace - Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace, Monday, October 23, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2017, Monday, June 26, 2017, New York, NY
Employment Law Institute 2017, Friday, October 27, 2017, New York, NY
Journal Chapter  Journal Chapter Gender Identity Discrimination and Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination in Federal Law - The Current: The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Summer 2017), Monday, July 10, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace - Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace, Monday, October 23, 2017
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