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Shawn T. Meerkamper

Shawn T. Meerkamper

Transgender Law Center
Staff Attorney
Oakland, CA, USA


Shawn Thomas Meerkamper is a staff attorney at Transgender Law Center (TLC) and identifies as a genderqueer, anti-racist, social justice lawyer. They re-joined TLC after a stint at the ACLU of Nevada, where they worked on issues ranging from LGBTQ prisoners’ rights to civil asset forfeiture. Previously, they spent two years as a legal fellow at TLC. At TLC, Shawn has been involved in organizing and supervising identity document clinics as well as litigating to reduce barriers to gender-appropriate IDs in cases like In re Petition for Change of Birth Certificate, 22 N.E.3d 707 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014), and Doe v. Pence,  No. 1:16-cv-02431 (S.D. Ind. 2016).

Shawn is a graduate of George Washington University and UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies program. They are the author of Contesting Sex Classification: The Need for Genderqueers as a Cognizable Class, which argued for access to identification with non-binary gender markers and was published in the 2012 edition of the Dukeminier Awards Journal. Shawn enjoys dancing and vegetarian cooking and lives in Oakland with their partner and cats Little One and Aurelia.
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