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What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


This is NOT a CLE program.


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In what can only be described as a sea change, New York's passage of a marriage equality law has extended the rights, privileges and obligations of marriage to same-sex couples who wish to marry in New York. The general principle now must give way to the specific application of the law. Join us as a panel of experts representing various practice areas discusses, in an informal setting, the practical implications of marriage for same-sex couples. Panelists will explore open issues under the new law, the anticipated impact of the law on both individual and institutional clients, and the lingering effects of the Defense of Marriage Act and state laws that ban recognition of same-sex marriage.

This introductory forum will be the first in a series of programs analyzing the changing landscape of marriage for same-sex couples. Upcoming CLE programs include Defense of Marriage Act Litigation: Strategy, Tactics & Theory on October 20th and Marriage Equality in New York: The New Legal Landscape for Same-Sex Couples on November 9th. Attendees of the October 4th forum will be eligible for a discount at the October 20th and November 9th CLE programs.

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Moderator: SUSAN L. BENDER, Bender Rosenthal Isaacs & Richter LLP

Speakers: ALLEN A. DREXEL, Drexel Grande LLC; PAUL A. FERRARA, Alston & Bird LLP; AMY F. MELICAN, Proskauer Rose LLP; REBECCA L. MENDEL, Rosin Steinhagen Mendel; CARRIE L. MITNICK, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP; JESSICA PALUMBO, Solo Practitioner; ALAN S. RACHLIN, New York State Insurance Department; SUSAN SOMMER, Lambda Legal; DAVID J. STOLL, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP

Sponsored by:
Committee on Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Matthew Eilenberg, Chair; Committee on Estate & Gift Taxation, Brit Geiger, Chair; Committee on Family Court & Family Law, Rebecca Mendel, Chair; Committee on Health Law, Ron Lebow, Chair; Committee on Immigration & Nationality Law, Mark Von Sternberg, Chair; Committee on Labor & Employment Law, Katharine Parker, Chair; Committee on Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Rights, Jordan Backman, Chair; Committee on Matrimonial Law, Michael Mosberg, Chair; Committee on State & Local Taxation, Debra Herman, Chair; Committee on Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Courts, Sharon Klein, Chair

Co-Sponsored by:
Committee on Civil Rights, Brian Kreiswirth, Chair; Committee on Sex & Law, Pamela Zimmerman, Chair.

Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)