Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper is a civil rights lawyer with the law firm Cooper & Elliott. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Virginia and served as a law clerk for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. With Equitas Health and TransOhio, Ben recently launched Ohio’s first Name and Gender Change Legal Clinic.

Presentation: Name and Gender Changes in Ohio
Day: Friday
Time: Breakout Session 1
Where: Highland

Presentation Description:
This presentation would discuss the importance to many of having identity documents that accurately reflect one’s name and gender, provide an overview of how to change one’s name and gender marker in Ohio, and explain the resources available for help with changing one’s name and gender marker, including Columbus’s recently-launched Name & Gender Change Legal Clinic. The presentation would also identify areas in which the legal process could be improved upon. Finally, this presentation could also include perspectives from clients of the Name & Gender Change Legal Clinic.

Presentation Objectives:
1. Participants will understand the legal process in Ohio for changing one’s name and gender marker on identity documents.
2. Participants will understand the resources available for assistance in changing one’s name and gender marker.
3. Participants will understand the importance of having identity documents that accurately reflect one’s name and gender.