OutFront Minnesota Legal Director Phil Duran began volunteering with OutFront Minnesota in 1997 and joined our staff in 2000. A graduate of the University of Minnesota law school, his work focuses on legal information, referral, and education; state legislative research and analysis; state administrative agency, judicial, and local government public policy; and direct representation in selected public-assistance and human-rights cases. He is well-known for his work regarding legal issues facing transgender people.
In addition to being a founding board member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Phil is past President of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and continues to serve on its Diversity & Inclusion Council. Additionally, he was a member of both the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission and of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission; he currently serves on the City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Workgroup. He represented OutFront Minnesota on Governor Dayton's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying, and co-chaired the Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity subcommittee of the Minnesota Judicial Branch's Committee for Equality and Justice.