Amicus Brief

U.S. v. Varner (U.S.C.A. 5th Circuit, 2020)

This case involves a transgender criminal defendant who made a written request that the Fifth Circuit refer to her by her preferred name (Katherine Nicole Jett) and pronouns while her appeal is pending. The Fifth Circuit issued a ruling denying Ms. Jett’s request and insisting that the court will continue to refer to her by her given name and by using male pronouns. ADL joined a coalition amicus brief that takes no position on the merits of the underlying criminal case, but urges the Court to repeal and replace the majority opinion with a decision stripped of the portion that unnecessarily denies transgender litigants equal dignity and access to justice.