It is a common misconception among the general public as well as within some legal communities that in order for transgender people to obtain justice, they must hire an expensive lawyer or engage in expensive and lengthy litigation. In many instances, however, folks who are facing discrimination or adverse consequences because of their gender identity do have options aside from litigation. The legal community can and should offer these alternatives to clients, especially because in many instances, alternative/negotiated resolution provides the same relief to clients at far less risk – whether it is financial or emotional risks, or safety concerns. By embracing a holistic legal advocacy approach, each client is valued as a whole person with unique needs and goals. This session will focus on tried-and-tested negotiation techniques as well as administrative remedies available. Panel members will discuss their experiences and add valuable insight on how to balance the importance of providing these services at a low cost to the client while still being able to get paid.
Speakers: Allison Dowling (Whitman-Walker Health); Noah Lewis (Transcend Legal); Milo Primeaux (Law Office of Milo Primeaux); Arli Christian (National Center for Transgender Equality)