Ryan Rasdall12.18.19 — Ryan Rasdall ’20 has been selected to join the executive board of the National Trans Bar Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of trans and gender nonconforming legal professionals. Ryan was chosen from a pool of highly qualified applicants because of his strong record as a fierce advocate for trans and gender nonconforming people and their rights.

At Northeastern, Ryan is very involved in student life: he has co-chaired the law school’s Black Law Students Association’s Kemet Chapter and is a member of the Queer Caucus. His co-ops include the NYU Langone Health Office of General Counsel, Locke Lord and Goulston & Storrs, which he will join after graduation as an associate in the firm’s corporate law group. He also received the law school’s prestigious Public Interest Law Scholarship.

Prior to law school, Ryan worked for four years as a legal assistant at the Transgender Rights Project at Lambda Legal’s Headquarters in New York City. Before joining Lambda Legal, Ryan was a patient navigator at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, where he provided direct services to LGBTQ youth and adults. Ryan earned his BA in women and gender studies from Smith College.

Ryan also sits on the board of the Jim Collins Foundation, a non-profit that provides funding for transgender individuals seeking gender-affirming surgeries. 

About the National Trans Bar Association

The National Trans Bar Association (NTBA) is a national bar association by and for trans legal professionals committed to supporting trans people within and outside the legal profession. NBTA is working to build an organization that welcomes individuals who have historically been underrepresented in the legal profession, including trans and cisgender women and femmes, people of color, people who have experienced poverty, people who have been criminalized or had criminal justice system involvement and members of immigrant communities. The association also welcomes people from a range of areas in the legal profession including solo practice, law firms of all sizes, non-profit and social justice organizations and government, in addition to those working primarily on trans rights advocacy and litigation. The work of the NTBA is made possible by the generous support of its members and through the leadership of its executive board. The NBTA has experienced tremendous growth in the last year, and now includes over 700 trans and gender nonconforming lawyers, law students and allies across the country.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

For more information, contact d.feldman@northeastern.edu.