Gender Expression and Client Service in the Courtroom Program

Gender Expression and Client Service in the Courtroom
Monday, March 15, 2021
6:30-7:30 p.m. ET


Especially when clients face a loss of life or liberty, what balance of conformity to expectations and authenticity results in the most effective advocacy from attorneys who don’t fit the straight white cisgender male norm that judges and juries still expect to see? Where can your identity be an asset to your client? Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and OUTLaw for a discussion on the tightropes women, nonbinary, and transgender attorneys walk in the courtroom to provide exemplary client service. This event is free and open to members of the NYU Law community and the public.

  • Madalyn Wasilczuk ’13 (moderator), Director, Juvenile Defense Clinic; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, LSU Law
  • Gabriel Arkles ’04, Senior Counsel, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Dany Greene ’18, Attorney, LGBTQ Practice, The Bronx Defenders
  • Lisa Hoyes ’99, Assistant Dean for Public Service, Public Interest Law Center, NYU Law

This event is free and open to the public, but registration via Zoom is required. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

This event has been approved for one New York State CLE credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias. While the content of the event is appropriate for both newly appointed and experienced attorneys, only experienced attorneys are eligible to earn credit in this category.

For a password-protected link to the PDFs of the CLE written materials, please email Materials are linked to their original source below.

CLE Written Materials

Panelist Bios

Madalyn Wasilczuk ’13 (moderator) directs and teaches the LSU Juvenile Defense Clinic. Through the clinic, she and her students provide vigorous representation to children in East Baton Rouge Parish. Before joining the Law Center, Professor Wasilczuk worked in the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, where she taught in the International Human Rights Clinic and Capital Punishment Clinic as a teaching fellow. Finally, she was a trainer for the Makwanyane Institute, the Center’s simulation-based capital representation training for sub-Saharan African defense attorneys. Prior to teaching, Professor Wasilczuk litigated all stages of misdemeanor and felony cases and juvenile delinquency proceedings at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She has also served as a fellow with the International Legal Foundation in Myanmar and Tunisia where she mentored and trained local public defenders. Professor Wasilczuk holds a BA in International Studies with Honors, summa cum laude, from American University and a JD from New York University School of Law, where she earned the Leonard J. Schreier Memorial Prize in Ethics. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, the U.S. Court for Middle District of Louisiana, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Pennsylvania.

Gabriel Arkles ’04 is senior counsel at Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. Previously, while at the ACLU, Gabriel represented Aimee Stephens before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, which established that anti-transgender discrimination is prohibited under federal law. Earlier, Gabriel was Staff Attorney and Director of Prisoner Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. He also spent seven years teaching legal skills, first at New York University School of Law and later at Northeastern School of Law. Gabriel’s work has appeared in publications such as the NYU Law Review, Northeastern Law Journal, Southwestern Law Review, and Scholar and Feminist Online. Past commentary has been found in a range of outlets, such as The Advocate, TruthOut, CBS, NBC News, and WNYC. He also serves on the steering committee for Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD).

Dany Greene ’18 (they/them/theirs) is a Criminal Defense Attorney at the Bronx Defenders specializing in LGBTQ Defense. Dany graduated from New York University School of Law, where they were a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. While at NYU, Dany was a summer law clerk at the Center for Appellate Litigation and the Alaska Public Defender Agency and externed at the Bronx Defenders’ LGBTQ Working Group and Brooklyn Defender Services’ Family Defense Practice. Prior to law school, Dany was a paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Family Law Unit. Dany graduated from Washington University summa cum laude with a BA in Psychology and Gender Studies.

Lisa Hoyes ’99 is the Assistant Dean for Public Service at NYU School of Law, where she directs the Public Interest Law Center. Lisa serves on the Boards of the Center for Appellate Litigation and Still She Rises, Tulsa, and is a member of the CJA Advisory Committee for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the Law School, Lisa was an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of New York, a Supervising Attorney and member of the Advanced Felony Trial Unit at the Bronx Defenders, and an NYU Fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative. Lisa was also a Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellow at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division and The Door’s Legal Services Center. While in law school, Lisa was a Root-Tilden-Kern Sinsheimer Service Scholar, a member of BALSA, an associate editor of NYU Law Review, and a participant in the Juvenile Rights Clinic. Lisa received a BA in Language and Culture and Political Science from SUNY Purchase.