New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director of Communications


The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section hold a symposium to explore issues facing the state’s youth

NEW BRUNSWICK: Lawyers, judges, social workers and other professionals will come together Thursday (Jan. 17) at a New Jersey State Bar Association symposium to discuss issues of concern, including the juvenile justice system, bullying and homelessness at the New Jersey Law Center.


"The volume and needs of homeless New Jersey youth continue to escalate at an alarming rate, as their voice is often drowned out and advocacy on their behalf is limited. Included (and often overlooked) in this tragedy is the plight of GLBT youth, who make up 20 to 40 percent of the entire homeless youth population and 15 percent of the population in juvenile detention centers," according to organizers. 


Most homeless GLBT youth have either fled from abusive homes or have been thrown out. They are often left to fend for themselves with tragic consequences. The symposium - open to all - explores the legal and social issues facing homeless GLBT youth by examining child welfare, shelters and foster care, bullying, juvenile justice and more.


In addition to the association’s GLBT Rights Section, the event is presented by LifeTies/Triad House, and cosponsored by the association’s Child Welfare Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Minorities in the Profession and Women in the Profession sections, Standing Committee on Diversity and the Garden State Bar Association. It is sponsored by Emerald Financial and Wells Fargo in partnership with The Pride Network.


Attendees will also be able to browse a photo exhibit on “Becoming Visible”, featuring the work of Josh Lehrer.


 To register and learn more about the event, visit