LGBTQ Domestic Violence Rountable Annual Statewide Meeting
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany



10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.:  Welcome and Announcements

10:50am – 12:30pm:  All participants select one track for the morning only

TRACK 1:  Making Our Civil Legal Services More Welcoming for Transgender Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

 This CLE training track will provide an introduction to transgender and gender non-conforming identities and lived experiences. Participants will begin to explore welcoming practices and policies.  In light of advances in the NYS Human Rights Law and other protections, participants will also gain some basic information about these survivors’ legal rights. CLE will be provided to participants in this morning track. (Note:  This is a repeat, but enhanced training offered at last year’s Roundtable Meeting). Presenters:  Milo Primeaux, Esq., Empire Justice Center


TRACK II:  LGBT Roundtable Moderated Discussion on Emerging Legal Issues and Challenges Facing LGBTQ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

This non-CLE discussion track is most useful for those serving LGBTQ people with some frequency.  We will address topics including legislative and case law updates, the implications of recent national policy studies on our work, sharing local initiatives, promoting intra-state collaboration and cross-referrals, other emerging and intersectional issues in LGBTQ communities.  Co-Moderated by:  Amy Schwartz, Esq., Empire Justice Center & Shelby Chestnut, New York City Anti-Violence Project


12:30pm -1:30pm:  Working Lunch and Open Discussion on Relationship Dissolution Challenges  

Empire Justice Center will moderate open discussion and networking with all participants.  Please plan to bring a bag lunch or $$ to cover the cost of pizza and salad.

1:30pm - 2:20pm:  Establishing LGBT Parentage under the Court of Appeals’ Ruling in Brooke S.B. and Estrellita A.

Presenter: Brett Figlewski, Esq., The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

2:25pm – 3:15pm: Assisting LGBTQ Youth Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

Presenters:  Caitlin Prior, Esq., Day One

--10 minute break--

3:25pm – 3:50pm: Inspiring Pro Bono Attorneys and Law Students to Serve LGBTQ Communities:  A Close Look at the Syracuse Experience

 Presenter:  Sally Fisher Curran, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. 

3:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.:  Closing Remarks & Evaluations, Safe Travels


This program is open to civil legal services programs, LGBT legal services or community center staff, LGBT or DV-specific law school clinic instructors, domestic violence program legal services staff, domestic violence organizations or agencies with dedicated LGBT population-specific programming, and pro bono attorneys who provide legal assistance to the LGBT communities and/or survivors of intimate partner violence.  

Anyone outside of these categories interested in attending should reach out to Amy Schwartz-Wallace ( at Empire Justice Center for prior approval.  As seating is limited for this free program, all registrants will receive confirmation of their approved registration. 

Empire Justice Center is an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education.  This transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 2.0 CLE credit hours towards the Professional Practice requirement (Track II) or 4.0 CLE credit hours towards the Profesional Practice (Track I).  This course is both transitional and non-transitional and is appropriete for both new and experienced attorneys.

For any questions regarding this meeting or to arrange special accommodations, contact Empire Justice Center's Training Manager, Michelle Peterson 585-295-5729 or


Time: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
405 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

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