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Jennifer  Orthwein

Jennifer Orthwein

Orthwein Consulting
Legal-Psychological Consultant
Alameda, CA, USA


Jennifer Orthwein received a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. She was a Law Clerk at the National Center for Lesbian Rights during law school and subsequently completed her training and began a career as a psychologist working in the California correctional system. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the California Correctional Medical Facility (CMF) where she was trained to perform assessments for gender related medical care with transgender prisoners. Jennifer transitioned from a career as a forensic psychologist to focus on legal and policy issues related to transgender individuals, particularly those impacted by the criminal justice system.

Recently, Jennifer helped launch and served as pro bono Senior Counsel for the Detention Project at Transgender Law Center. She assisted in the representation of two California prisoners, Michelle Norsworthy and Shiloh Quine. Their complaints against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) were related to access to medically necessary care, name and gender changes, and access to clothing and items consistent with their gender identities.

Currently, Jennifer has a private legal and psychological consulting practice whereby she provides consulting and expert witness services to attorneys. Most of her consulting work focuses on assisting attorneys represent transgender people involved in the criminal justice system and in prison. She also currently serves on the board of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), a Bay Area LGBT bar association, and is the Chair of the Community Activism Committee.  

Jennifer has co-authored publications related to practitioner liability in cases of suicide and gender bias in the criminal justice system. She is also a co-principal investigator for the Transgender Research Consortium, which aims to provide research evidence of the current state of transgender physical and mental health and to use these data to provide recommendations to inform broad public policy, education, training, and clinical practice.

Jennifer Orthwein is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Transgender Discrimination in Prisons, Jails and Immigration Detention Facilities - Representing Transgender Clients: Practical Skills and Cultural Competency, Thursday, November 17, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Transgender Discrimination in Prisons, Jails and Immigration Detention Facilities - Transgender Discrimination in Prisons, Jails and Immigration Detention Facilities, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Transcripts  Transcripts Transgender Discrimination in Prisons, Jails and Immigration Detention Facilities - Transgender Discrimination in Prisons, Jails and Immigration Detention Facilities, Thursday, November 17, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Transgender Discrimination in Prisons, Jails and Immigration Detention Facilities - Transgender Discrimination in Prisons, Jails and Immigration Detention Facilities, Thursday, November 17, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Representing Transgender Clients: Practical Skills and Cultural Competency, Friday, November 18, 2016, San Francisco, CA
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