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Litigating the Transgender Military Ban Panel

November 20, 2017

On November 2, associate Jaclyn Martínez Resly spoke on a panel at the University of Michigan Law School regarding Covington's representation of six transgender service members and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Inc. in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals. The panel took place ahead of the November 9 hearing on Plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction. Jaclyn provided an overview of the claims and Plaintiffs' pending motion and took questions from the audience.

The panel was co-hosted by Michigan Law's Outlaws, Michigan Law's National Security Law Society, and Covington. Professor Margo Schlanger, Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law at Michigan Law, was also on the panel. The American Civil Liberties Union is co-counsel to Covington in the action. 

On November 21, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted Plaintiffs' motion and enjoined each of the three components of the ban. In so doing, it became the first court in the nation to halt the portion of the ban prohibiting the military's provision of medically necessary surgical care for transgender troops (the ban also prohibited new accessions by transgender individuals and rendered currently serving transgender persons automatically "subject to discharge" as of March 23, 2018, solely because they are transgender).

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