August 26, 2015


(AUGUST 26, 2015)—The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law begins its fall colloquium series exploring the role that law and policy can play in advancing trans people’s rights and ensuring that they are able to lead their lives fully, as respected and integrated members of the community.

The transgender rights movement has made significant progress in recent years, particularly as trans people become more visible throughout the U.S. Yet trans people continue to face widespread discrimination within the foundational systems and institutions of American society, including in the context of identity document requirements, education, employment, and health care.

Distinguished guests will address topics including health care rights under the Affordable Care Act, gender identity and public health, legal identity, and workplace challenges.

The O’Neill Institute Colloquium, offered annually, is an interdisciplinary course that draws from the work of scholars, policymakers, and the general health community.


Kellan Baker, MA, MPH, Senior Fellow with the LGBT Research and Communications Project Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Bryanna Jenkins, MA is a transgender activist and founding member of Baltimore Transgender Alliance

Amy Nelson, JD, Director of Patient Legal Services at Whitman-Walker Health, Whitman-Walker Health

Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Rachel See, JD, Lead Technology Counsel, National Labor Relations Board


Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

1:20-3:20 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center

Eric E. Hotung Building, Room 2001

550 First Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

Space is limited. Media interested in attending should email

The Twitter hashtag for this event is #oneillcolloquium.

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The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.