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NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION SPONSORS SEMINAR FOR LAWYERS ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW

Friday, September 9, 2011
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m

WHAT:
 The New York State Bar Association will host a special Continuing Legal Education program, "Same-Sex Marriage in New York: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know." It is designed to prepare attorneys for advising same-sex couples about New York's Marriage Equality Act.
 
Issues to be covered include: impact of the Defense of Marriage Act; estate planning, children, dissolution, divorce, taxes, pre-nuptial agreements; and interstate recognition of New York marriages. 

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program is sponsored by the State Bar's Committee on LGBT People and the Law. Co-sponsors are the Family Law, Trusts & Estates and Tax sections as well as the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2011
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

WHERE:  Reporters can monitor the program live by webcast, but must sign up in advance to get a password. To register for webcast, call Debbie York at (518) 487-5600.

CONTACT:  Lise Bang-Jensen (general media questions); (518) 487-5530 or Lbang-jensen@nysba.org

NOTE: For further information, see www.nysba.org/samesexmarriageinNY.

The State Bar brochure of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about same-sex marriage is available at www.nysba.org/marriageequalityFAQ.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in the nation.  It was founded in 1876.

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Contact: Lise Bang-Jensen
Director of Media Services & Public Affairs
lbang-jensen@nysba.org
518/487-5530