This panel will discuss the intersection of mental health and legal services. It will identify the issues that affect many of the less fortunate and underserved in our society especially the ones experiencing homelessness and military veterans and their families that causes mental health conditions. It will focus on various mental health conditions including PTSD due to combat or military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, and co- occurring substance abuse. The panel will discuss available resources and the role of problem solving courts, such as Veterans Treatment courts, in connecting individuals suffering from mental health conditions to legal services.

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This training will enable attorneys to prepare and file petitions for change of name and for a decree of legal gender identity with the Maryland courts; understand and be able to advise clients on the differences between judicial and administrative options for gender changes; and represent transgender and gender non-conforming clients respectfully and in a way that affirms their human dignity.

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This training is intended for attorneys barred in any state, as well as law students, paralegals, and JDs who are interested in volunteering. The training covers how to work with veterans in developing personal statements and witness statements to submit with their veterans disability compensation claims and discharge upgrade petitions.

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