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.
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.
Meet Your Instructors
Nikki Trautman Baszynski
Maya Simek (she/her/hers) serves as the Legal Director at Equality Ohio, where she she has spent the past year developing and launching a state-wide legal clinic for the lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer (LGBTQ+) community. Ms. Simek further serves as a Clinical Law Professor and Co-Director of Case Western Reserve’s Health & Human Trafficking Clinic.
Ms. Simek focuses her practice on legal issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community and human trafficking prevention and victim redress. Other areas of interest for Ms. Simek include community lawyering and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with social services, on the efficacy of legal practice. The focus on these areas of interest inspired Ms. Simek’s spearheading of a law clinic for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS engaging in case management services at the Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center in 2012.
Ms. Simek earned her J.D. in 2010 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, her M.S.S.A in 2007 from Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and her B.S. in 2000 from John Carroll University. Ms. Simek is admitted to the bar in Ohio and California. In addition, she is an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision designation(LISW-S).
Southwest Ohio Legal Clinic Staff Attorney
Northeast Ohio Legal Clinic Staff Attorney
Central Ohio Legal Clinic Staff Attorney
Kim Burroughs (she/her/hers) is a Staff Attorney in the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. She graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law in 2016. Prior to joining Equality Ohio, Kim worked primarily in the field of criminal law. She began her career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Delaware County, Ohio and then worked as a Criminal Staff Attorney in the Delaware Common Pleas Court. Kim is passionate about working with the LGTBQ+ community and strives to provide trauma informed service to clients.
Central Ohio Legal Clinic Staff Attorney
Northeast Ohio Legal Fellow
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
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
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.
This program focuses on the state of HIV criminalization in Ohio and efforts to mitigate the damage these laws do.