Shawn Thomas Meerkamper is a staff attorney at Transgender Law Center and identifies as a genderqueer, anti-racist, social justice lawyer. They re-joined TLC after a short stint at the ACLU of Nevada, where they worked on issues ranging from LGBT prisoners’ rights to civil asset forfeiture. Previously, Shawn spent two years as a legal fellow at TLC where they were part of the team in Norsworthy v. Beard and Quine v. Beard—two cases that forced the California prison system to radically revise its policies regarding incarcerated transgender people—as well as In Re Change of Birth Certificate, which reduced barriers to gender-appropriate identity documents for rural transgender Indianans.
Shawn is a graduate of George Washington University and UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies program. In law school, they fought for formerly incarcerated people at A New Way of Life Reentry Project, undocumented workers at the National Day Laborers’ Organizing Network, and homeless newspaper vendors at the ACLU of Tennessee. They are the author of Contesting Sex Classification: The Need for Genderqueers as a Cognizable Class, which was published in the 2012 edition of the Dukeminier Awards Journal. Shawn enjoys dancing and vegetarian cooking and lives in Oakland with their partner and cats Little One and Aurelia.