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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

Private Attorney/Self-Employed
Madison Leach is a private attorney in Murray, Kentucky. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2015 and began work as a Public Defender in Murray, Kentucky. She also began her personal gender transition in 2015. She has had to navigate difficult circumstances living in... Read More →

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