Zoe Dolan, Transgender Criminal Defender, on the Middle East


Join us for a book signing and discussion with Zoe Dolan, author of There Is Room for You: Tales from a Transgender Defender's Heart. A reception with drinks and Middle Eastern mezze will be held at 7pm, followed by the book signing and discussion at 8pm.


Zoe Dolan began studying Arabic in college and first lived in Egypt as a 19-year-old student at the American University of Cairo in the mid-1990s. Five years later, on May 11, 2001, she witnessed Egyptian State Security Police conduct a now-notorious raid of the Queen Boat, a floating discotheque on the Nile, which resulted in the arrest of 52 gay men. As she writes in her book There Is Room for You: Tales from a Transgender Defender's Heart, “In that moment I resolved to go to law school and become a lawyer, so that I might stand up against an over-powerful government on behalf of individual rights—the only mechanism I know of to prune the branches of authority that would otherwise entwine us to suffocation.” 

Since she began practicing law in 2005, Zoe has represented clients in a variety of matters ranging from routine criminal cases to international terrorism trials. She currently represents Suleiman Abu Ghayth, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and the allegedly highest ranked al-Qaeda suspect to be tried in a civilian court in the United States.

Zoe Dolan is a trial lawyer, writer, and social advocate. Her law practice focuses on criminal defense, including high-profile terrorism cases. Zoe is the author of There Is Room for You: Tales from a Transgender Defender's Heart, a memoir of life, love, and law, with stories about living in the Middle East before, during, and after her gender transition. Other endeavors include a blog on The Huffington Post and Being Transgender—Naked, a multimedia project centered around this video for Upworthy that has been viewed over 500,000 times across various platforms.


Indulge yourself for a moment and assume that human beings communicate through actions beyond words–and that meaning derives from our personal histories and how we digest them and convert their energy into our identities as individuals and together as a society. Fertilized by those beliefs, do our lives then grow to take on significance from the myths we live out in obscurity as lone souls, so that we may aspire to play a role in the story of humanity? Part memoir and part questioning of criminal justice in America by a trial lawyer known for handling terrorism cases, There Is Room for You is about coming to believe the title’s promise. Let your imagination soar.

Requested contribution at the door, $10, $5 students with ID. Purchase an advance copy of the book here.


  • November 18, 2015 at 7pm – 10pm
  • The Markaz
  • $5.00 USD
  • 1 person is going
  • Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz



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