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Gail Deady ’11L Represents Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Case

— by on April 25th, 2016

Gail Deady, a member of the law class of 2011, played a role in the landmark Title IX ruling issued recently by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In a decision that made national headlines, the Court ruled in favor of a transgender student who wishes to use the boy’s restroom at his Virginia high school.

Deady represents the transgender plaintiff, Gavin Grimm, in the case. This is the first time a federal appellate court has ruled that Title IX protects the rights of transgender students with regards to bathroom use. In their decision, the Fourth Circuit instructed a lower court that had ruled against Grimm to re-evaluate the Title IX claim.

Deady is the Secular Society Women’s Rights Legal Fellow at the Virginia ACLU, which took up Grimm’s case. Prior to joining the ACLU, Deady was in private practice as a civil litigation attorney in Richmond. You can read more about Deady in a profile on the ACLU of Virginia website.

More information about the case and how it might impact this issue in North Carolina is available in this article from the New York Times.

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