The Name Change Project

Name Change Project GraphicThe Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to low-income 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:


  • Chicago, IL - Cook County
  • Detroit, MI - Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw Counties
  • Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee County
  • New York City - All five boroughs/counties
  • Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia County
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Allegheny 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, click here to fill out a confidential Name Change intake form.

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:

Allegheny County Bar Foundation;

Alston & Byrd LLP;

Baker & Hostetler LLP;

BNP Paribas;

BNY Mellon;

Bodman PLC;

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC;

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP;

Columbia Law School;

Cooley LLP;

Covington & Burling LLP;

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP;

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP;

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;

Dickson Wright PLLC;

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;

Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP;

Jones Day;

Kaye Scholer LLP;

Kirkland & Ellis LLP;

K&L Gates LLP;

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP;

Linklaters LLP;

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP;

Miller, Canfield, Paddock, & Stone P.L.C.;

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP;

Morrison & Foerster LLP;

Nixon Peabody LLP;

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP;

O’Melveny & Myers LLP;

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP;

Pepper Hamilton LLP;

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP;

PNC Bank;

Reed Smith LLP;

Ropes & Gray LLP;

Saul Ewing LLP;

Shearman & Sterling LLP;

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

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;

Tucker Arensberg, PC;


Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP;

White & Case LLP;

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.