Working With LGBT(Q) Clients

A disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) adults and youth live in poverty. As a key service provider in their safety net, civil legal services office should be both welcoming and have specific competency to appropriately serve and support these communities. The presenters will discuss the research documenting the intersection of poverty and economic injustice in these communities. They will further address the emerging needs of LGBTQ-identified youth, including youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Participants will also learn about ways that civil legal services office can create an inclusive, safe, and comfortable atmosphere both for clients, as well as LGBTQ staff.

Date of presentation: 03/29/2011

Presenters: Kimberly Forte, Esq., Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit, Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice of New York City; Virginia M. Goggin, Esq., Orrick Legal Fellow, LGBT Law Project, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG); Amy Schwartz, Esq., Domestic Violence Legal Program, Empire Justice Center

Viewing time: 92 minutes

CLE credits: There is no CLE credit

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