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Legal Clinic CLE Courses

Equality Ohio identifies and transforms systems and institutions so LGBTQ+ Ohioans can fully access legal and lived equality. We envision an Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed and flourishing.

For 4 years we have been professionally, culturally and practically prepared to provide life-changing services for LGBTQ+ Ohioans through what we call “community lawyering”— a relationship between clients and legal support that is guided by justice, equity, and love for community. After several years of helping people access free legal resources, we are delighted to share our life-changing resources with attorneys across Ohio through this online platform.

The courses you’ll find here with the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic will allow you to build your skills and knowledge about LGBTQ+ relevant legal topics in the state. Through our 6 course CLE Training, you can become an Equality Ohio Legal Clinic Referral Attorney all-star, primed to take on LGBTQ+ clients across the state. Practicing Attorneys and students in the state can earn 1 CLE for each course. CLEs provided by the Ohio Supreme Court.

We encourage you to take all courses, which includes our foundational Intro to LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility course. If you’re not ready to make this commitment, and want to learn more about our model before deciding if you want to take it to clients, you can start with the Intro to LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility course or our Birth Certificate and Gender Marker Change course for a deeper exploration of our methods.

We offer a discounted price on all courses for Equality Ohio referral network members, even if you choose to start with just one or two. Courses are $99 each for the general public, or $69 for Equality Ohio Legal Clinic Referral Network members.


Strengthen your connection with clients

Practicing as an attorney during these difficult times can be quite strenuous and yet your clients need you more than ever. We provide the guidance and materials needed to offer robust, virtual legal support to LGBTQ+ communities that will strengthen your connection with your clients and decrease their feelings of loneliness and isolation. Up to 6 CLE Hours available for practicing attorneys and students.

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Intro to Cultural Humility

This program is designed to help attorneys better understand their LGTBQ clients’ identities, vulnerabilities, and needs. It covers terminology, risk factors, legal protections (and lack thereof) against discrimination, and best practices for legal representation.

Record Sealing and Expungement
1 CLE 

This program focuses on the importance and mechanics of the expungement and sealing of criminal records, with the goal being to train attorneys to effectively represent people seeking such relief. The program covers the process of filing an application to seal one’s criminal records, to expunge certain records, and to seal and expunge juvenile records. It will highlight recent changes in legislation that have expanded eligibility in some areas.

Birth Certificate  / Gender marker change
1 CLE 

This program focuses on the importance and mechanics of name and gender marker changes, with the goal being to train attorneys to effectively represent people seeking such changes through the courts. The program covers the application process to change a person’s name and the application process to correct a birth record. It includes discussion of a recent federal case, Ray v. McCloud, that expanded access to gender marker changes for trans people. The presentation concludes with best practices and tips for effectively working with clients on these matters.

HIV Laws

This program focuses on the state of HIV criminalization in Ohio and efforts to mitigate the damage these laws do.

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Course Pricing

Equality Ohio Referral Network Members

General Public