Stonewall Community Foundation Grant funds LGBT Life Planning Clinic

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The New York Legal Assistance Group’s LGBT Law Project and the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York (LeGaL Foundation) have been awarded a $9,000 grant from the Stonewall Community Foundation in support of the organizations’ LGBT Life Planning Clinic. The grant, already being used to support expansion of the clinic, was among those awarded specifically to community organizations working in collaboration on a new or existing project.

“We’re so pleased to receive this support,” said Virginia Goggin, Coordinating Attorney of NYLAG’s LGBT Law Project. “The grant not only enhances our ability to serve the community but also further strengthens our organizations’ collaboration.”

The LGBT Life Planning Clinic assists community members of modest means with the preparation of long-term life planning documents, including health care proxies, living wills, wills, and powers of attorney. As a result of the grant award, the clinic is now held regularly each Tuesday night at The Center alongside the LeGaL Foundation’s existing legal clinic; additionally, a law student fellow has been hired for the project.

“We’re thrilled to see a service that began as a pilot project receive the support needed to expand,” said LeGaL’s executive director, Brad Snyder. “We’re looking forward to reaching more community members throughout New York City.”

The clinic was created in response to the increasing need for life planning documents, which are vital to ensuring the greatest protections possible for the LGBT community in the face of continuing inequality under the law and ever-changing legal developments.

The law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a generous supporter of both organizations, will host a May 20th CLE for attorneys interested in volunteering for the project (details at www.le-gal.org).

Attorneys interested in volunteering for the clinic should e-mail [email protected].

Inquiries from individuals in need of assistance should e-mail [email protected].