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October 18 Program on Special Challenges and Legal Rights of New Jersey's LGBTQ Youth

September 25, 2013 – 

The Rutgers Child Advocacy Clinic and the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education will present an all-day conference for attorneys who work with youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT) and who are homeless or involved with one of New Jersey’s state agencies that serve children. Speakers at “Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth,” to be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, include attorneys, psychologists and social service providers with experience serving this population. The conference is co-sponsored by Lambda Legal and the Women’s Rights Law Reporter.

The event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required at www.rutgerscle.com. For those seeking CLE credit, the registration fee is $100 (use the promo code NOCLE145). The program will provide 5.5 CLE credit hours (NJ, NY) and 4.5 (PA).

What:Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth
When:10 am – 4 pm, Friday, October 18, 2013
Where:Rutgers School of Law–Newark


PROGRAM

10:00 am

INTRODUCTIONS

10:15 am

THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN NEW JERSEY
Allison Blake, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (invited)

10:45 am

TERMINOLOGY AND DEFINITIONS
Leslie Farber, Esq.

11:15 am

BREAK

11:30 am

PANEL: LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System
“Rights and Entitlements in the Child Welfare System,” Kimberly Forte, supervising attorney, LGBT Law and Policy Initiative, Legal Aid Society of New York

“Specific Needs of Transgender Youth,” M. Currey Cook, senior staff attorney, Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, Lambda Legal

Housing in New Jersey,” Frank Vespa Papaleo, chief of enforcement, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing, and Mary Inzana, executive director of Lifeties

Speaking the Language of LGBTQ Youth,” Nicole Avallone, LMSW, director of youth services, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center

1:00 pm

LUNCH

2:00 pm

PANEL: LGBT Children and Youth and/or Caregivers in the Family/Juvenile Court
LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System,” Kimberly Forte, supervising attorney, LGBT Law and Policy Initiative, Legal Aid Society of New York

Undocumented LGBTQ Youth,” M. Currey Cook, senior staff attorney, Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, Lambda Legal

Custody, Visitation, and Orders of Protection,” Virginia Goggin, staff attorney, LGBT Law Project, Matrimonial and Family Law Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group

3:00 pm

BREAK

3:10 pm

GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICES
Shannan Wilber, Youth Project Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights