Andy Izenson, Sr. legal director, Vice President & Secretary

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Andy Izenson is a passionate advocate for queer families and for their transgender community.

Andy is an activist and educator around gender, sexuality, positive consent practices, and alternative justice systems, and speaks nationwide at organizations, conferences, and schools on those topics.

Andy has a long background in activism, theory, and writing.

Andy studied Sociolinguistics at Skidmore College, focusing on nonbinary gender and paralinguistic communication, was awarded college and departmental honors, and was invited to the 6th Annual Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society in Aix-en-Provence, after which the paper was published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences.  Andy then attended New York Law School on a Trustee Scholarship and affiliated with the Justice Action Center, concentrating in Social Justice and Family Law. As chair of the National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter, the Stonewall Law Students Association, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Andy dedicated their law school career in both study and extracurricular time to organizing and activism, and received the law school's Public Service Certification upon graduating. Andy's Justice Action Center capstone project, "Radicalizing Consent: Towards Implementing an Affirmative Consent Model in New York's Rape Law," received the Center's "Outstanding Work on a Capstone" award and was later published on the Yes Means Yes blog. Andy's writing has also been published in 24Magazine, Sibling Rivalry Press, and the Advocate.

Andy provides extensive public and professional education.

Andy currently educates at organizations, schools, and conferences all over the country, including the New York State Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association Conference, Creating Change, the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, Columbia University, New York University, Harvard University, Rutgers University, Cooper Union, Skidmore College, and the Family and Divorce Mediation Council on gender, sexuality, consent and communication, and alternative justice systems and community accountability.


Andy is an attorney admitted to the First Department of the New York State bar and has received extensive training in alternative dispute resolution and justice systems, including as a mediator through the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, as a collaborative attorney through the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, in transformative justice processes with Dr. Mimi Kim and Kay Pranis, and in facilitating Newburgh Model Restorative Justice processes through the Restorative Center.


Professional Affiliations

Andy is professionally affiliated with the NYC Bar Association and both national and local LGBT Bar Associations, including as a member of the Family Law Institute and Le-Gal's Family and Matrimonial Law Committee. They were awarded the National LGBT Bar Association's "Top Forty Under Forty" award in 2017. They also spend significant time volunteering and organizing with the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild as the Chapter President, member of the Executive Committee, and dedicated Legal Observer and L.O. program trainer.


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