J. Denise Diskin
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Denise Diskin joins the QLaw Foundation as its first Executive Director after nearly ten years of legal practice representing individuals harmed by discrimination, with a particular focus on cases impacting individuals with multiple marginalized identities. As an advocate, she enjoys working in partnership with her clients, creating strategies together and working to build individual and community power through informed legal decision-making. She is a frequent speaker on employment discrimination, healthcare coverage for transgender and nonbinary people, and LGBTQ access to the legal system.
Before her legal career, Denise worked for several years as a labor organizer, teacher, and community arts program volunteer coordinator and events manager, and served as the Community Outreach Editor of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. She has a long volunteer history with the QLaw Foundation, starting in 2009 as a member of the LGBT Legal Clinic Committee, which she went on to chair from 2011 to 2013. She then started the LGBT Legal Clinic’s partner clinic with Ingersoll Gender Center and served for several years on the Sher Kung Summer Fellowship Committee. She has lived in Santa Cruz, St. Louis, rural Missouri, Baltimore, and San Francisco, but in 2008 found her forever home in the Puget Sound. She enjoys riding her bike, hiking with her kiddo, and cheering on Reign FC, Seattle’s outstanding professional women’s soccer team.
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