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Friday, September 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A Contextual and Client-Centered Approach to The Transgender Client

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According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender survey, nearly one-third (29%) of respondents were living in poverty,
compared to 12% in the U.S. population. A major contributor to the high rate of poverty is likely respondents’ 15% unemployment rate—three times higher than the unemployment rate in the U.S. population at the time of the survey (5%). Respondents were also far less likely to own a home, with only 16% of respondents reporting homeownership, compared to 63% of the U.S. population. Even more concerning, nearly one-third (30%) of respondents have experienced homelessness at some point in their lifetime, and 12% reported experiencing homelessness in the year prior to completing the survey because they were transgender.

So, as Public Defenders it is highly likely that they will have a Transgender client at some point in their career. How you approach and address that client is extremely important to establishing trust, dignity, and quality representation. How do you bring it up with them? How do you address them in Court? What do you do when you make a mistake? This Presentation will address all these topics.

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Madison Leach

Attorney, Law Office of Madison Leach
Madison Leach is a 2015 graduate of Southern Illinois School of Law and worked as a Public Advocate for two years with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. After her time with DPA she opened her own office since 2018. She is a trans woman and has represented countless Trans... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT