On June 1, 2015, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) honored longtime pro bono partner Davis Polk for the firm’s commitment to transgender advocacy at its annual Freedom Awards benefit in New York. Partner Joe Hall, who has supervised the name-change program at Davis Polk since its inception, accepted the award for the firm.
Through TLDEF’s Name Change Project, Davis Polk has successfully assisted almost 175 transgender individuals with their petitions to change their names to those more reflective of their gender identity and gender expression.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of TLDEF. The group is committed to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.