Six Tips On Effectively Representing Trans and Non-Binary Clients
Before I start to give you advice about representing trans and non-binary clients, let me introduce you to myself. My name is Connor Barusch (he/they). I am a visibly trans person. I am also a public defender coming up on the end of my first decade of practice and I interact with court systems every day. Before I walk in the door alongside a client who is trans or non-binary, I already have a good idea which judges, clerks and court officers are committed to supporting (or hurting) trans and non-binary people.
I regularly consult with attorneys about the legal issues facing their trans and non-binary clients and from this communication keep my ear to the ground about what our trans and non-binary clients are facing in the criminal legal system.
Seeing the benefit of educating attorneys about effectively representing trans and non-binary clients, I set up a course through the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) that any public defender can take September 28, 2020 thru November 13, 2020 that addresses working with trans or non-binary clients in detail.
If you prefer, I can come to you (or as the case is now Zoom to you) since I do consulting aimed at educating the public defenders and legal services attorneys on working with trans and non-binary clients. While you anxiously await for your firm, bar association, or public defender agency to invite me to present, I wanted to help get you started with six tips on effectively representing trans ans non-binary clients.
Here's a bit more about my course with NAPD:
Join Connor Barusch for a 6 week online course with the NAPD Academy.