Jennifer L. Levi
Professor of Law
Courses Taught: Alternative Reproductive Techn., Constitutional Law, Contracts, Family Law, Federal Courts, Gender & the Law, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law
Professor Levi has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of women; children; the poor; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered clients. Most recently, Professor Levi was Senior Staff Attorney for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston. Prior to that, she was a Visiting Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, worked as an Associate Attorney for two Chicago law firms, and clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. Professor Levi served as Co-counsel for the seven same-sex couples who sued the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for denying them the right to obtain marriage licenses in Goodridge et al v. the Department of Public Health. The appeal led to the landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that stated it was unconstitutional for the Commonwealth to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry.
Jennifer L. Levi, Transgender Parents and Children Born Outside of Marriage, in PATERNITY AND THE LAW OF PARENTAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS 8-1 (Pauline Quirion, ed., 3d ed. 2018). SSRN
Jennifer L. Levi & Catherine Connors, Transgender Youth, Medical Professionals, and the Law: What You Should Know, in ADOLESCENT MEDICINE: STATE OF THE ART REVIEWS: LGBTQ YOUTH: ENHANCING CARE FOR GENDER AND SEXUAL MINORITIES 131 (Michelle Forcier et al. eds. 2018). Cited by
Jennifer Levi & Shannon Minter, Litigation Modeling from Problem to Success: Questions About Toilets for Transgender People in the United States, in HOW TO KEEP THE MAN DOWN—STRATEGIC LITIGATION OF PUBLIC INTEREST CASES: US AND RUSSIAN BEST PRACTICES (Todd Brower & Anton Burko eds., Moscow 2017) (in Russian). Download [«КАК ПОЛОЖИТЬ ЧИНОВНИКА НА ЛОПАТКИ, или Cтратегические тяжбы: опыт работы американских и российских сутяжников по общественно значимым делам» / Под ред. Тодда Брауэра, Антона Буркова. — М., 2017. — 176 с. Доступно для скачивания на https://goo.gl/aiezgx.]
Jennifer L. Levi, Clothes Don't Make the Man (or Woman), But Gender Identity Might, in GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE 47-1 (Christine Michelle Duffy et al., eds., 2014). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by
Jennifer L. Levi, contributor, Federal Equal Protection, in GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE A PRACTICAL GUIDE 15-1 (Christine Michelle Duffy et al., eds., 2014). Digital Commons
Caitlin C. Egleson & Jennifer L. Levi, Gender Identity Discrimination, in 2 MASSACHUSETTS EMPLOYMENT LAW (John F. Adkins & Nancy S. Shilepsky, eds., 3d ed. Supp. 2013).
Jennifer L. Levi & Bennett H. Klein, Pursuing Protection for Transgender People Through Disability Laws, in TRANSGENDER RIGHTS (Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, Shannon Price Minter, eds., 2006). Cited by
Jennifer L. Levi, Marriage and Civil Unions, in REPRESENTING NONTRADITIONAL FAMILIES (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. 2001).
Jennifer Levi et al., Brief for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondent, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., No. 16-273 (U.S. Mar. 2, 2017). SSRN Digital Commons
Kevin M. Barry, Brian Farrell, Jennifer L. Levi, & Neelima Vanguri, A Bare Desire to Harm: Transgender People and the Equal Protection Clause, 57 B.C. L. REV. 507 (2016). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by
Jennifer L. Levi et al., Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Kosilek v. O'Brien (2015). Digital Commons
Jennifer Levi & Giovanna Shay, The Dangers of Reform, WOMEN'S REVIEW OF BOOKS, July/Aug. 2012, at 30 (2012) (reviewing DEAN SPADE, NORMAL LIFE: ADMINISTRATIVE VIOLENCE, CRITICAL TRANS POLITICS, AND THE LIMITS OF LAW (2011)). SSRN Digital Commons
Jennifer L. Levi, Brief for the Plaintiff-Appellant Lucas Rosa in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Lucas Rosa v. Park West Bank and Trust Company on Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 7 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 147 (2001). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by
Jennifer L. Levi, LGBT Rights on Trial at the U.S. Supreme Court, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Aug. 1, 2019, at 23.
Shannon Minter & Jennifer Levi, Op-Ed: Massachusetts Could Roll Back Trans Rights This Year — And We Need to Fight Back, THEM (Sept. 10, 2018).
Shannon Minter & Jennifer Levi, Op-Ed: With Justice Kennedy Gone, LGBTQ+ People Must Fight Harder Than Ever, THEM (June 30, 2018).
Jennifer L. Levi, Is This Really Still Happening?: Why Massachusetts Should Pass a Ban on Conversion Therapy, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Aug. 1, 2017, at 23.