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Friday, December 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Delivering Innovative and Inclusive Legal Services for Transgender Clients

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Almost 30 percent of the transgender population in the United States experiences poverty, and one in five experiences homelessness in their lifetime. Various legal, political, and economic barriers (including access to housing, education, employment, and healthcare) intersect to create persistent inequality, homelessness, and poverty. For example, more than two-thirds of transgender individuals do not have legal identification documents that reflect their gender identity, placing them at risk of discrimination and violence. This workshop equips legal practitioners with cultural competency and necessary tools to provide welcoming and inclusive legal services for transgender and gender non-conforming clients. This workshop will highlight a Florida Transgender Identification Initiative that combines in-person community education events and clinics with online information and tools to provide legal services to assist transgender clients with changing their name and gender markers on government-issued identification documents. Participants will discuss increasing access to justice for this population through the innovative use of technology, learn concrete strategies to replicate the Transgender Identification Initiative in other communities, and strategize about legal service delivery innovations for this population.


Kirsten Anderson

Litigation Director, Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
Kirsten Anderson is the litigation director at Southern Legal Counsel (SLC), a Florida statewide nonprofit public interest law firm that seeks systemic change on behalf of individuals who otherwise would not have access to the justice system. She provides strategic leadership for... Read More →
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Simone Chriss

Staff Attorney, Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
Simone Chriss joined Southern Legal Counsel in August 2016 after graduating from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received her J.D. with honors in May 2016. Ms. Chriss is a member of the Florida Bar. Ms. Chriss leads SLC's statewide Transgender Identification... Read More →
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Joseph Schieffer

Project Manager, Florida Justice Technology Center
Joseph is a management consultant and certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is an innovator in leading information technology projects, and has attained the Certified Scrummaster designation. He holds a M.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Meeting Room 3 Meeting Room Level

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