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The BigLaw Firms Fighting For Transgender Rights

July 11, 2016, Law360

Jeff Bozman and Alan Pemberton are quoted in a Law360 article that features Covington as a leader among law firms fighting to end discrimination against transgender men and women. Bozman, commenting on Covington’s work with the ACLU to end the military ban on transgender people serving openly says, “What we were able to do was bring a lot of the Covington resources to bear to help the ACLU, not only to think strategically about how to achieve the objective of open service by transgender service members but also to work through the legal research that would be involved and to try to pass forward on what was going to be the most effective engagement strategy.”

According to Pemberton, the team, led by Carolyn Corwin, considered litigation, but it never progressed to that level. Instead, the firm told the military both why and how the ban should be lifted.

As a former U.S. Marine Corps administrative officer, Bozman adds that it’s “tremendously satisfying, from a personal perspective, to be able to give back in some small way to pay forward the work people did on my behalf.”


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