Frank J. Bewkes is a policy analyst for the LGBTQ Research and Communications Project at American Progress. He comes to American Progress with extensive experience in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, rights work; family law; and policy. His research on surrogacy law has been published in the Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice.
Prior to joining American Progress, Bewkes was a legal fellow at Family Equality Council, where he advocated for a law prohibiting child welfare agencies from discriminating against LGBT prospective parents, researched regulations for possible future campaigns, and compiled legislative briefs for education and lobbying. His previous work in LGBT advocacy also includes a clerkship at the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & HIV Project, where he researched deference to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rulings and compiled a 50-state survey of medical standards in jails with regard to HIV-positive inmates. Most recently, Bewkes was studying at Leiden Law School for a program on sexual orientation and gender identity in international law.
Bewkes has also worked at the Brennan Center for Justice on a successful campaign to restore the right to vote for people with criminal convictions in Maryland, and he has been a policy fellow at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, where he advocated for a refundable adoption tax credit and conducted legislative and policy research on issues of adoption and foster care. Before attending law school, he was a paralegal with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He also had internships at the U.S. Department of State and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bewkes holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School, where he was awarded the Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award and was inducted into the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law, where he participated in the Public Policy Advocacy Clinic and studied under two professors who were counsel for Richard G. Evans, et al. in Romer v. Evans. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science at Yale University.