(Cancelled) Counseling LGBTQ Clients in Crisis: Managing Stress & Trauma in Clients & Staff

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Program Chair:

Susan Hazeldean
LGBT Advocacy Clinic
Brooklyn Law School

  • As lawyers, our clients sometimes come to us because something has gone terribly wrong in their life. The divorce that began as amicable has turned ugly. The will has become contested. The opposing party refused to settle for reasons that are clearly personal. No matter the substantive issue, the conflicts we navigate our clients through always have a deeply emotional component. So how do we support our clients while still maintaining our professional boundaries, particularly in the context of serving a diverse population?

    In this training, we’ll discuss how crises can affect our clients, and how to help them navigate their legal concerns while maintaining a sensitivity to cultural and other differences. We’ll discuss practical tips on how to set boundaries with our clients as well as how to prepare for court and other high-intensity situations. Moreover, we will relay strategies on improving client communications. Finally, we’ll share techniques on how to support yourself and staff during difficult times. Throughout this presentation, we will discuss in particular how to support LGBTQ clients and the unique issues that affect them.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers (No further discounts apply)

  • Diana Adams
    Executive Director
    Chosen Family Law Center, Inc.

    Geoff Kagan-Trenchard
    Senior Staff Attorney
    New York City Anti-Violence Project

  • TBD

  • New York: 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    New Jersey: TBD
    California: TBD
    Pennsylvania: TBD
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights, Noah E. Lewis & Geoffrey L. Wertime, Co-Chairs

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org