marriage has been legal in New York since 2011. Four years later, the U.S.
Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges struck down laws in
other states that prohibited same-sex marriage. The new legal landscape poses
issues for New York attorneys and their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
legal issues are the focus of a continuing legal education (CLE) program,
“Representing LGBT Clients After Obergefell,”sponsored by the New York
State Bar Association and other groups on September 11. A panel of experts will
offer practical advice to attorneys on how Obergefell affects the
family, employment, trusts and estates areas of practice, and
will address current legal issues impacting the transgender community.
New York State Bar Association stands with those who seek equal dignity in the
eyes of the law, and has worked to advance equality in New York and throughout
the nation,” said Association President David P. Miranda. “We will continue to
work with lawyers to fully prepare them for the complex legal issues that lie
ahead for same-sex couples.”
CLE program, one of the first of its kind in New York since the Obergefell
decision, will highlight four topics:
- Marriage and Same-Sex Parenting: This session will
delve into the question of what a parent is and will examine the effect an
out-of-state marriage or civil union has on determining a child’s legitimate
- Employment Law Practice: Panelists will
discuss how Obergefell changes the employee benefit landscape, including
taking leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.
- Estate Planning: Is it legally advantageous
for lesbian and gay couples in long-term relationships to get married?
This question is explored, as well as other important issues for lawyers who
are reviewing and revising wills for clients who recently have married.
- Representing the Transgender Client: Although the
Supreme Court did not specifically address transgender issues within the scope
of its decision in Obergefell, this panel will examine
developing legal issues affecting the transgender community in the family,
employment, and estate planning areas of practice.
CLE will be presented starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 11 at the CUNY
Graduate Center Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City. It also will
be available as a simultaneous live webcast.
completing the program, attorneys are eligible for 4.0 MCLE credits (in areas
of professional practice). Newly admitted attorneys (less than 24 months) must
attend in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
register online, go to www.nysba.org/obergefell.
include the Association’s Committee on LGBT Persons and the Law, Committee on
Continuing Legal Education, and its Family Law, Labor and Employment Law, and
Trusts and Estates Law sections. The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
(LeGaL) and the New York chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
(AAML) are also co-sponsoring the event.
74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar
association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
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