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Name Changes for LGBTQ+ Clients: Cultural and Subject Matter Competency

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Cultural Competency and Ethics When Representing LGBTQ+ Clients

Rachel Blunk, ShipBob Inc., Burlington
Milan Pham, Nicholson Pham, Durham

Attendees receive an overview and training on cultural competency when working with the LBGTQ+ community, including relevant terminology and vocabulary of which to be cognizant. Additionally, the presenters address ethics issues applicable to representing LGBTQ+ clients.

10:00      Break

10:10      Name-Change Process

S. Collins Saint, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro

During this session, learn about the name-change process in North Carolina and receive a tour of documents required for the name-change process. The presenter also discusses the variances of clerk requirements across North Carolina's 100 counties.

11:10      Adjourn

Thank you

Thank you for joining us for Name Changes for LGBTQ+ Clients: Cultural and Subject Matter Competency.


This CLE provides attendees with both legal instruction and guidance so that they may assist LGBTQ+ clients in completing name-change proceedings in North Carolina courts.


  • Rachel Blunk

    Rachel Blunk is Associate General Counsel (global employment and disputes) at ShipBob Inc. in Burlington.

    Prior to her move in house Rachel was a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, focusing on business litigation and labor and employment.

    Rachel's pro bono practice has been focused on LGBTQIA+ issues and advocacy.

    Rachel earned her B.A. in Classics, with a concentration in Ancient Greek language, from Gustavus Adolphus College and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Click here for more information about Rachel.

  • Kristin Pennock

    Kristin Pennock is an Associate Attorney at Campbell Family Law in Cary. She helps clients navigate a broad range of family law issues, including custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and issues relating to abuse and domestic violence.

    Kristin is an active member of the Wake County Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association, and a volunteer in the North Carolina Bar Association's Wills for Heroes program providing free estate planning for first responders.

    Kristin earned her B.A. in History from Brigham Young University and her J.D. and LL.M. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

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  • Milan T. Pham

    Milan T. Pham is a Partner at NicholsonPham PLLC, a boutique law firm located in Durham. The firm's practice is centered on emerging issues of family formation and dissolution including surrogacy, assisted reproductive technology and adoption.

    Milan is an ART Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAARTA). In addition to managing her firm, she is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and serves on the boards of The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice and Equality NC. In service to her profession, she serves as Chair of the Modern Family Committee and Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the NC Bar Association.

    Milan earned her B.A. in Sociology from J.D. from North Carolina State University and her J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law.

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  • S. Collins Saint

    S. Collins Saint is an attorney in the Greensboro office of Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, where he counsels and litigate on behalf of school boards, private schools, and institutions of higher education so that he can focus on what they do best: educating students.

    Collins's background in school counseling informs his practice as he helps school districts navigate complex laws that impact students and educators. He has particular focus on broadening awareness of diversity issues within organizations and counseling educational institutions on compliance with state and federal civil rights laws and regulations.

    Collins's pro bono practice focuses on representing trans individuals in discrimination litigation and aiding trans individuals obtain legal name- and gender marker-changes.

    Collins is a regular presenter and author on civil rights and DEIB issues for national and international audiences, including the National LGBTQ Bar, the American Bar Association, Bloomberg Law, the Society for Human Resource Management, and various employers, educational institutions and educational trade associations. For this work, Collins has been recognized as a "Leader in Diversity" by the Triad Business Journal; a "Phenom of Law' by both the North Carolina and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly; one of the American Bar Association's On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers; and by The University of Alabama College of Education for his work in the education field. Collins was also selected by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" and The Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" list for Education Law and Labor and Employment Law – Management.

    Collins went to Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was recognized by the North Carolina State Bar for his pro bono service and National Jurist as a "Law Student of the Year." He also holds a Master's degree in School Counseling and uses his experience to counsel educational institutions on state and federal regulatory compliance and civil rights issues. Prior to entering the legal field, he was trained as a mental health care practitioner and uses those skills in his legal practice.

    Click here for more information about Collins.

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Certificate of Completion and Archived Video: Your certificate of completion and archived video will be available approximately two weeks of the program date and can be found in your CLE account. MCLE credit is available to registrants only on the day(s) of the live event. This archived content is offered solely for review purposes and is not a substitute for live attendance.

May 15, 2024
Wed 8:55 AM EDT

Duration 2H 15M

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