Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

C. Benjamin Cooper helps people use the law to deal with life-changing harms. He is an attorney with Cooper & Elliott, and his practice focuses on wrongful death, civil rights, fraud, medical malpractice, and legal malpractice cases. Cooper received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law. He began his career in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells, and then clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. A strong believer in civil rights, Cooper co-founded Ohio’s first legal clinic for transgender people with Equitas Health and TransOhio.

Presentation: Name and Gender Changes in Ohio
Day: Thursday
Time: Breakout Session 2
Where: Highland

Presentation Description:
Learn how to change a name or gender marker in Ohio, why it’s important to have accurate identity documents, what hurdles exist along the way, what free resources are available for help, and how the whole process could be improved upon. We’ll also discuss the special issues facing minors.

Presentation Objectives:
1. Understand the legal process in Ohio for changing one’s name and gender marker on identity documents.
2. Understand the potential barriers faced by those trying to change name or gender marker.
3. Understand the resources available for assistance in changing one’s name and gender marker.
4. Understand the importance of having identity documents that accurately reflect one’s name and gender.