Pride ShabbatGuest speaker Leslie Cooper, Deputy Director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Friday, June 11, 6:30 PM
Temple B’nai Abraham
Guest speaker: Leslie Cooper, Deputy Director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Guest Speaker: Leslie Cooper, Deputy Director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Leslie Cooper is Deputy Director of the ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project. Since joining the Project in 1998, much of her work has focused on protecting the rights of LGBTQ parents and their children. She was lead counsel in the cases that brought down Florida’s notorious ban on adoption by lesbians and gay men and similar restrictions in Arkansas and Nebraska. She has a case pending before the Supreme Court involving a taxpayer-funded foster care agency’s claimed constitutional right to exclude same-sex couples based on its religious beliefs.
Leslie has also brought cases involving a range of other issues including the freedom to marry, LGBT students’ rights at school, employment discrimination against LGBT and HIV-positive workers, and access to healthcare for transgender people. She also works on state legislative advocacy on a variety of issues.
Leslie authored the ACLU publications “Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting” and “Protecting the Rights of Transgender Parents and their Children: A Guide for Parents and Lawyers.”
Prior to joining the Project, she was a litigation associate at Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LLP (now Bryan Cave) in New York. She graduated from New York University School of Law and received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Leslie is the daughter of TBA member, Larry Cooper and the late Allyn Cooper, z”l.