This community lecture is a part of the Winter 2018 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow Program. This semester’s Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow, Chase Strangio, is an alum of Northeastern’s School of Law, and has spoken at a past WGSS symposium.
Read more about him below:
Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Chase Strangio is a staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project. He has been involved in numerous high-profile cases, including serving as counsel for Chelsea Manning in her lawsuit against the Department of Defense for denial of health care related to gender transition and was part of the team that organized around her commutation. He has also worked on lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s infamous anti-trans laws, HB2 and HB142, and on Gavin Grimm’s trans rights case before the US Supreme Court. He is currently part of the legal team at the ACLU challenging President Trump’s ban on open military service by transgender individuals. Strangio is frequently quoted in national media outlets such as The New York Times, Time magazine and MSNBC, and was recently profiled in Mother Jones. In his free time, he organizes around ending cash bail and hangs out with his kid.
Twice a year, the Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program brings nationally recognized public interest leaders to campus. These public interest leaders serve as role models for students, demonstrating how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better place. The fellows each deliver an address that focuses on the strategic use of law to promote public interest goals, participate in a roundtable with other prominent public interest advocates, visit classes, consult about professional opportunities for students and graduates, and meet individually with interested faculty, administrators and students.
This vibrant program was established in 2004 through the generosity of Professor Richard A. Daynard and his wife, Carol Iskols Daynard. Professor Daynard is an expert on legal approaches to dealing with the epidemics of tobacco- and obesity-related disease. He is president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute.