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Serving Transgender & Gender Diverse Communities

  • King County Courthouse 516 3rd Avenue, W-312, 3rd Floor Seattle, WA 98104 (map)
Image description: Distant view of downtown Seattle on a bright, sunny day Photo by  Thorsten Beeck

Image description: Distant view of downtown Seattle on a bright, sunny day
Photo by Thorsten Beeck

This training advises practitioners of legal, medical, and ethical considerations when serving transgender and gender diverse communities and serving families with transgender and gender diverse youth who are involved in the Family Court system.

Topics will cover cultural competency standards for serving transgender and gender diverse folks, statutory considerations in family law cases involving transgender and gender diverse youth, and medical considerations for transgender youth including adolescent medicine, hormones and emotional health.

This is presented in collaboration by Lavender Rights Project, QLaw Foundation, and the Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic. Sponsored by the Unified Family Court Training Oversight Committee and KCBA Family Law Section.

1.25 Ethics Continuing Legal Education and Judicial Education Credits are offered
Registration is not necessary.


Morgan Mentzer is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Lavender Rights Project, a nonprofit providing free and low bono legal services to queer and transgender communities. Morgan began her legal career in foreclosure defense coupled with direct action organizing, which inspired her commitment to community-based legal services. She co-founded Lavender Rights Project in 2016 to fill the need for free and low cost civil legal services to the unique experiences of queer and trans communities. She practices primarily in civil rights, family law, dependency and trans-specific legal issues.

Denise Diskin joins the QLaw Foundation of Washington as its first Executive Director after nearly ten years of legal practice representing individuals harmed by discrimination, with a particular focus on cases impacting individuals with multiple marginalized identities. As an advocate, she enjoys working in partnership with her clients, creating strategies together and working to build individual and community power through informed legal decision-making. She is a frequent speaker on employment discrimination, healthcare coverage for transgender and nonbinary people, and LGBTQ access to the legal system.

Lara Hayden is a licensed clinical social worker in Washington State, with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. She has worked for the last ten years providing clinical care and program management in community health settings, including chronic illness case management, HIV case management, student health programs, and since fall 2016, with the Gender Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital. At the Gender Clinic, she supports patients and families from their first contact with the Clinic all t he way until they graduate from care at age 21; she also collaborates with the Clinic’s research team, hospital administration, and medical providers to provide outreach and education to community partners about care for trans and gender-diverse youth.