Name Change & Gender Identity Petitions:

Representing Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Clients Effectively

- Recorded on 6/9/2020 -


View the training online anytime. You will be emailed the training link within 1 business day of registering.

This training will enable lawyers 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.


  • C.P. Hoffman, Esq., FreeState Justice
  • Ezra Halstead, FreeState Justice

Topics covered:

  • Name change process in Maryland; 
  • Publication requirement and waiver;  
  • Administrative gender change options;  
  • Court orders recognizing legal gender identity; 
  • Updating out-of-state birth certificates; 
  • Sealing case records in name and gender change cases;  
  • Working with transgender and gender non-conforming clients. 

This training is available to lawyers who commit to take one pro bono name/gender change case with FreeState Justice within one year of registration. Malpractice insurance, access to a mentor, and case support provided.


Co-sponsored by Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and FreeState Justice


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