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Culturally Competent Lawyering For At Risk LGBTQ Youth Advocating Effectively in the Foster Care and Juvenile Detention Systems (Original Live Program Date: 4/15/08)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning ("LGBTQ") teenagers are one of the populations most at risk in the United States. In New York, LGBTQ teenagers are dramatically overrepresented (40% to 50% of the population) in foster care and among homeless youth. Further, LGBTQ teenagers are extremely vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, intimidation and violence in the juvenile detention system. Accordingly, to serve such youth effectively as legal services providers, we must identify and address their specific needs. This program will give attorneys the tools to advocate successfully for LGBTQ youth who are homeless or in out-of-home placements, and will address and discuss various dimensions of the juvenile justice problem by examining, from state, city, and national perspectives, the social services infrastructures intended to assist legal services providers in pinpointing the issues facing these youth. This program provides 3.0 credits in professional practice

Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples (Original Live Program Date: 4/28/09)
In New York State, same-sex couples are unable to enter into a civil marriage, though new changes in the law may afford recognition to their out-of-state marriages. The laws in other states are changing all the time. Notwithstanding the developments in state law, same-sex married couples still cannot take advantage of numerous federal benefits and protections enjoyed by married couples. These differences of legal status from state to state, and the differences between state and federal law, make estate planning very complex for same-sex couples. This program will explore strategies to optimize the planning for estate taxation, inheritance rights and probate proceedings for couples - both same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples - whose relationships lack full legal recognition. Also discussed will be matters of family law (such as adoption and assisted reproduction) that interact with estate matters, and planning for break-ups and divorce. This program provides 3.0 credits in professional practice