That’s the number of people who were reached by CSE’s Community Law Workshops in 2014.
At these events, we connect clients to free legal services that are critical to LGBT people living in states with virtually no legal protections. At 13 different workshops this year, our volunteer attorneys and notaries provided thousands of dollars in free services to LGBT people across the South.
Here’s a look at our workshops in 2014:
February 5: Asheville, NC
Forty people showed up for a workshop led by Todd Greene, CPA of Brader Greene that explained how to call for equality when filing state income taxes. The attendees were legally married LGBT couples living in North Carolina, which, at the time, did not recognize their marriages.
As a result, dozens of North Carolina couples like Anna and Barbara mailed in their marriage licenses along with their state tax return.
February 28-March 1: Asheville, NC
At the “LGBT in the South Conference: Advocacy Within and Beyond the Law” we partnered with The Hart Law Group and the National Center for Lesbian Rights to educate 200 practitioners on topics ranging from name changes to transgender rights to estate planning.
March 23: Oxford, MS
Twenty-five law students and community members learned about the landscape of federal LGBT rights after the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.
March 26: Hattiesburg, MS
At a “drop-in” clinic, dozens of LGBT community members showed up to learn about their legal rights post-DOMA and to complete healthcare power of attorney forms.
May 22: Winston-Salem, NC
We partnered with North Star LGBT Community Center to provide six clients with free healthcare power of attorney directives.
June 21: Salisbury, NC
We helped 91 clients complete healthcare power of attorney directives at Salisbury Pride.
July 18: Piedmont, SC
At Gender Benders Summer Camp 16 clients completed healthcare power of attorney forms or got assistance with the name change process.
July 19: Charlotte, NC
At Charlotte Black Gay Pride, 56 clients completed healthcare power of attorney forms.
August 16: Charlotte, NC
We helped 144 Pride attendees complete healthcare power of attorney forms.
October 4: Asheville, NC
At Blue Ridge Pride, volunteer attorneys provided 76 clients with healthcare power of attorney directives.
October 18: Winston-Salem, NC
At Pride Winston-Salem we partnered with the OutLaw students at Wake Forest University to provide healthcare power of attorney directives to 100 clients.
October 25: Winston-Salem, NC
40 clients took advantage of a free wills clinic, “Estate Planning for Equality,” which was offered in partnership with Wake Forest OutLaw and the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division on the campus of Wake Forest University.