CLE | Transgender Name Changes for Pro Bono Attorneys

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | TIME: Noon to 1:30 p.m. | NEW LOCATION: Lowe Center for Justice, 221 S. Warren Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room Syracuse, NY 13202 | MCLE: 1.5 (0.5 Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias, 1.0 Skills) | COST: FREE if you agree to volunteer for a Transgender Name Change case, Otherwise: $35 Member, $45 Non-Member, $15 Paralegal, FREE to Lifetime/Agency/Student. Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys. A copy of the OCBA Tuition Waiver may be reviewed here.


This training prepares you to assist transgender individuals with obtaining name and gender marker changes as a volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

Covered Topics Include:

  • Cultural Competency and Sensitivity in working with Transgender Clients
  • A look at NY Civil Rights Law Article 6, Sec. 60 et. Seq.
  • Gender Marker Change Process
  • Updating Birth Certificates in NYS, NYC, and other states
  • Name Change of Minors — Notice, Best Interest
  • PLUS: Other Common Legal Issues Transgender Clients face and How to Screen for Those Issues
    • Access to Healthcare
    • Discrimination in Public Accommodation
    • Discrimination in Employment
    • Complications with Family Law


Sally Fisher Curran, Esq., Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

Sally Fisher Curran is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. (OnVLP), a pro bono legal services organization serving low-income people throughout Central New York. She has guided OnVLP through a spin off into an independent nonprofit, major technology upgrades, and expansion, including new programming to address immigration, family law, LGBT rights, and homeless needs. Prior to joining OnVLP, Sally had a child-centered family law practice in Portland, Maine, where she provided over 200 hours of pro bono service every year. She is the 2017 recipient of the Kathy Goldberg-Findling Leadership Award dually bestowed annually by the Gifford Foundation and the Allyn Family Foundation. Sally graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with degrees in Spanish Language and Women’s Studies and obtained her Juris Doctorate at the City University of New York College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Maine.

Mallory Livingston, Esq., LGBT* Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

Mallory Livingston is the LGBT Rights attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County and has been practicing law in central New York since 1989. She is the co-founder of the Transgender Alliance, the largest support and advocacy group for transgender persons in upstate NY. Before her current position, she had her own practice which focused on representing transgender persons facing discrimination. She has lobbied successfully for anti-discrimination legislation on behalf of the LGBT community and has worked with social justice organizations as varied as the Empire State Pride Agenda, The Syracuse Civilian’s Review Board, Sage Upstate and the Q Center.

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