On April 25, 2017, the Civil Litigation Clinic filed an Amicus brief with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Equality Ohio. The brief, which supported the right of a transgender employee who was fired because of her gender identity, argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 should apply to transgendes, and therefore terminating their work because of their transgender identity is an unlawful employment practice.
Ms. Lorraine Catalusci and Mr. Russel Gates, students with the Civil Litigation Clinic, assisted in the preparation of the Brief. Professor Matt Green, an expert on employment discrimination, contributed his knowledge, fine writing, and expertise. Clinical Professors Ken Kowalski, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, and Doron Kalir (who served as the Attorney of Record) supervised the work. Equality Ohio’s Executive Director, Ms. Alana Jochum, is a proud alumna of Cleveland-Marshall.