Our Staff Members

Charlie Arrowood

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Director of Name & Gender Recognition
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Charlie Arrowood, Esq. is Transcend Legal's Director of Name & Gender Recognition. He assists trans youth and adults with legal name and gender changes in New York. He is a Long Island native and a graduate of Tulane University (B.A. in History, 2009) and New York Law School (2013), where he focused on issues of employment discrimination and dispute resolution/mediation. Prior to joining Transcend Legal, Charlie was an associate at The Kurland Group, a boutique LGBTQ-owned general practice firm and has worked with clients on a variety of matters from estate planning to housing discrimination.

Noah E. Lewis

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Executive Director
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Noah E. Lewis, Esq. is the founder and executive director of Transcend Legal, a national, New York City-based organization cultivating equitable social, medical and legal recognition of transgender people, one person at a time.

Noah previously worked for the Transgender Law Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and served as the staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund for five years. His work there included leading-edge impact litigation and policy work in areas such as identity documents, health care and public accommodations. He went on to create and run a solo law practice serving transgender clients.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Noah is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School. There he worked successfully to eliminate trans health exclusions in student and staff health plans.

 

Patricia Harrington

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Director of Operations
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Patricia Harrington is a native New Yorker. After graduating from Queens College with a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, she had a twenty-year career as a programmer and medical physicist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She entered Pace Law School in 2006. During the summer of her first year she interned with the Westchester County Law Department assisting child abuse and neglect attorneys in Family Court. At Pace, she was active in the Public Interest Scholarship Organization, Lambda Law Students, and the Women’s Association of Law Students.

Prior to entering law school, Patricia spent a year as a volunteer tutor at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. She volunteered at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) from 2010 to 2013, where she developed the intake databases. From 2013 to 2016, she was the Intake Coordinator at TLDEF.

She is committed to eliminating the discriminatory obstacles facing transgender people in daily life.