Name Change Clinic

TransLAW is thrilled to have collaborated with Whitman-Walker Heath in establishing the the Name and Gender Change Clinic in 2012. The clinic is free and consists of  trained attorneys meeting one-on-one with clients on a walk-in basis to provide assistance with the name and gender change processes, including obtaining court orders, changing drivers’ licenses, passports, birth certificates, and other identity documents and public records.  We also help clients to collect needed letters from medical providers and to seek waivers of court fees and other fees, where possible.  Since TransLAW's founding, we have been able to help every client that needed financial assistance with court fees and other fees to get new ID documents. Don't let lack of funds stop you from updating your documents! 

The clinics are by appointment only. Interested clients need only to call or email Lee Hicks ( or Leonor Suarez ( to set up an appointment and for further information. Clinics are located at Whitman-Walker Health’s 1525 14th Street NW location.

Clients should arrive between 6:30-7:30pm at Whitman-Walker Health at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th Street, NW (you must come in through the main reception area before being let upstairs to the legal services office).  Pizza is provided. Please know that sometimes clients do not finish everything until 10pm.

If you have questions about the clinic, email or call Lee Hicks at Whitman-Walker at 202.939.7627.

In addition to our Name Change Clinic, we also offer a Court Advocate Program once a month. Our Court Advocates are former clinic clients who volunteer to accompany other clients to file their name change petitions with the DC court. Our Court Advocate program builds community and provides support and reassurance for clients as they go through the daunting process of filing their name change paperwork.