In November, the Public Interest Leadership Program (“PILP”) continued its programming relating to transgender rights. The PILP class heard from Blake Liggio, a partner in the Real Estate Industry Group at Goodwin Procter LLP. He is one of the first transgender partners in the Am Law 100.
Liggio spoke to the PILP class about his experience being transgender in the private law firm setting. Specifically, he discussed how he had worked at Goodwin as a summer associate in 2008 before returning two years later as a first-year associate. Before his return to Goodwin, he began the process of transitioning.
Liggio described his interactions with his clients and coworkers, including how he communicated his transition to his coworkers at the firm. He detailed how Goodwin developed a policy to support transgender employees, and how Goodwin worked closely with him to create a specific plan that reflected his transition. Goodwin’s policy has since served as a model for other law firms. Liggio also discussed the role he plays as a mentor to transgender law students, and the importance of allies in achieving transgender equality. Finally, Liggio highlighted the importance of speaking up and how taking an active approach is key to ensuring that employers adopt transgender inclusive policies.
More information on Blake Liggio can be found here: https://www.goodwinlaw.com/professionals/l/liggio-blake
Meeting recap provided by PILP Members Joshua M. Daniels (Solo Practice) and Mark Zglobicki (Massachusetts Inspector General’s Office).