National LGBT Bar–Deputy Program Officer
M. Dru Levasseur serves as deputy program officer for the National LGBT Bar, working to deepen the bar’s programmatic work around the country and increase outreach to and education for constituencies, including law schools and students, law firms, and corporations. Previously, Dru was senior attorney and transgender rights project director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. During almost a decade at Lambda Legal, Dru served as counsel in landmark transgender rights impact litigation, contributed to important amicus briefs, and advocated on behalf of transgender people nationwide. Dru was also instrumental in the creation and development of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project in 2013 as well as Lambda’s Trans Toolkit. Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Dru was the first staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and before that, served as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 2007, Dru co-founded the Jim Collins Foundation, a trans-led national nonprofit that funds surgeries for transgender people in need. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and his law degree from Western New England University School of Law.