The Name Change Project


Name Change Project GraphicThe Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to transgender people through partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments.

In addition to meeting income-eligibility guidelines, project participants must live in one if the following cities or counties to participate in the project:

  • Albany, NY - Albany County
  • Buffalo, NY - Erie County
  • Chicago, IL - Cook County
  • Houston, TX - Harris County
  • Detroit, MI - Wayne, Oakland & Washtenaw Counties.
    Macomb, Kent & Ingham Counties on a case-by-case basis
  • Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee County
  • New York City - all 5 boroughs/counties
  • Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia County
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Allegheny County
  • Rochester, NY - Monroe County


For many transgender people, securing a legal name change is an important step toward making their legal identities match their lived experience. A lack of appropriate identity documents can deter people from applying for jobs, school, and public benefits, and can lead to discrimination. But securing a legal name change can be a challenging experience, involving interaction with the court system and judges that is foreign to many people. By providing people with adequate legal representation, we work to ensure that people successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives.

Need Help?

If you are seeking a legal name change, please call our office at 646.862.9396 or contact us by email.

Need directions to our office for a Project appointment?  Click here for subway and bus directions.

Want to pass this information along in printed form?  Print our Name Change Project outreach postcard (front, back) and pass it along to a friend, or contact us and we'll send you postcards.

Thank You

The Name Change Project is made possible by the generous pro bono support of:

BNP Paribas;

BNY Mellon;

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC;

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP;

Covington & Burling LLP;

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP;

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP;

DLA Piper (US) LLP;

Dykema Gossett PLLC;

Foley & Lardner LLP;

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP;

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP;

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP;

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP;

Kaye Scholer LLP;

Kirkland & Ellis LLP;

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP;

Linklaters LLP;

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP;

Nixon Peabody LLP;

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP;

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP;

PNC;

Reed Smith LLP;

Ropes & Gray LLP;

Shearman & Sterling LLP;

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates;

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;

Viacom;

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP;

White & Case LLP;

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.