Tom Steel Fellow

Meet Ari Jones, 2018-2019 Tom Steel Fellow

Meet Ari Jones, 2018-2019 Tom Steel Fellow

Ari Jones is a dedicated immigrant rights advocate. Ari has provided direct legal services to NorCal immigrants with Berkeley Law student groups, during internships with Catholic Charities of the East Bay and California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. (CRLA), and as a clinical student at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC).

Meet Jessie Workman, 2017-2018 Tom Steel Fellow


Pride Law Fund is proud to announce that it has selected Jessie Workman as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Tom Steel Fellowship. Jessie is sponsored by Youth Represent in New York. If you're interested in meeting her in person, she'll be at our Annual Cruise

Jessie Workman started at Youth Represent as a legal intern, and Kyle Jewell fellow, in the summer of 2015 and joined the organization as a Staff Attorney in 2016. The Tom Steel Fellowship will support Jessie in the Pathways Project which will address the disproportionate criminalization of LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youth in New York City by providing criminal representation and re-entry legal services, engaging in policy advocacy, and conducting youth-led research about their understudied re-entry needs. Pathways will employ several strategies to increase access to legal services for LGBT/GNC youth, including LGBT/GNC-specific "know your rights" education, one-on-one legal needs assessments, and legal counsel on reentry matters, such as being denied a job because of a criminal history or being evicted because of an arrest. 

Though Pathways Jessie will represent youth on a variety of criminal and re-entry matters, there are two areas of unique need that the Pathways Project will address. First, Pathways will focus on reducing the collateral consequences related to sex work by sealing prostitution-related offenses through the  use of CPL 440.10 motions, an under utilized provision of the criminal procedure law, and one of the very limited ways a criminal conviction can be sealed in New York. Second, while increasing legal services exist for LGBTQ people who are survivors of violence, few resources exist for LGBTQ youth who are incorrectly targeted as aggressors in situations involving family and intimate partner violence.

For more information about this project check out Youth Represent and check our Facebook feed for his periodic updates about Jessie's ongoing work.

Meet Ghirlandi Guidetti, 2016-2017 Tom Steel Fellow

Pride Law Fund is proud to announce that it has selected Ghirlandi Guidetti as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Tom Steel Fellowship. Ghirlandi is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

Ghirlandi will represent and advocate for LGBTQ children in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). His project will provide advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ youth who are overrepresented in the child welfare system. Ghirlandi is well-poised to do this work because ACLU of Illinois has a long-standing consent decree with DCFS to provide civil rights protections for youth in foster care. We are thrilled to support Ghirlandi's ground-breaking work.

For more information about his project check out American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and check our Facebook feed for his periodic updates about his ongoing work

PLF Announces New Tom Steel Fellow 2014-2015: Daniel Faessler (Transgender Law Center)


Daniel Faessler establishes first bilingual transgender legal clinic at Transgender Law Center

Pride Law Fund is proud to announce that it has selected Daniel Faessler of Brooklyn Law School as the 2014-2015 recipient of the Tom Steel Fellowship.  Daniel will head up the creation of a new bilingual legal clinic for transgender people in the Bay Area. Services will include assistance with immigration, name and gender marker changes, and discrimination cases. 

We are thrilled to support Daniel’s ground-breaking work.

Read more at Brooklyn Law School website

Meet Kate Walsham 2013-2014 TOM STEEL FELLOW

Kate Walsham’s work in New Mexico is breaking new ground for the trans* community.

Kate--a Pride Law Fund 2013-2014 Tom Steel Fellow--will be starting a legal arm for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, under the guidance of the Southwest Women’s Law Center with assistance from the local ACLU chapter.

See University of California Hastings College of the Law article for the full story.