Cultural Competence: Representing & Affirming LBGTQ+ Clients

Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Presentation: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Session: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Online Webinar

Cost: Free to SDCBA members & members of the legal community

Register: Here

MCLE: One Hour of Competence MCLE Credit

This program was created by the San Diego County Bar Association in partnership with the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association.

About this Program

Cultural competence in LBGTQ+ legal issues requires understanding not only current terminology and inclusive language but also having an understanding and awareness of the issues impacting the community, including rising hate crimes.

In honor and support of San Diego Pride month, join us in for this panel discussion with Tiana Vargas, Director of Training & Community Education at the San Diego LGBTQ Community Center, and Leonard Trinh, Deputy District Attorney, Hate Crimes Unit, covering strategies for affirming and supporting LGBTQ+ clients.

Key takeaways include:

  • Recognizing and addressing implicit bias
  • Inclusive language
  • Strategies for affirming LGBTQ+ clients
  • Gender-neutral pronouns and how to respectfully address clients
  • Addressing bias in the court
  • Hate crimes, hate incidents, and prosecution of bias-motivated attacks
  • Community resources
  • Q&A with subject matter experts in various areas of practice

About the Presenters

Moderator Tristian E. H. Higgins (she/her) is the CEO and Founder of Metaclusive, LLC, a consulting company that helps businesses create spaces where employees feel that they belong.

Speaker Leonard Trinh (he/him) is the lead hate crimes prosecutor for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Speaker Tiana Vargas (they/ them) is the Director of Training & Community Education at the San Diego LGBTQ Community Center.