This Lawyer’s Life: Joe Wardenski, Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equity

This Lawyer’s Life · Joe Wardenski, Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equity


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Today we meet Joe Wardenski, a civil rights attorney with a special focus on trans students’ rights and LGBTQ equity. Joe spent years as a DOJ trial attorney and told us stories about his work there on several landmark cases seeking justice for trans youth at school. He is now a solo practitioner. After three years in practice, Joe has notched some big wins, but he is still learning how to find the right cases to take and how to build a team that fits the core mission of his business. He got into all of that and more on this episode of This Lawyer’s Life.

Tune in to hear more about:

  • How Joe balances the pursuit of restorative justice in the form of laws and policies changed with the pursuit of monetary damages that make his clients whole and help his firm stay afloat
  • How Joe supports his practice by building consulting and co-counsel relationships with nonprofits and other litigating organizations
  • How Joe’s approach to mentorship grows colleagues for his practice right at home
  • What Joe foresees in the next ten years of the battle for civil rights in the U.S.

Access a transcript of this episode here: https://bit.ly/3I3qn3q