Friday, May 20, 2005
The Center for Adoption Policy,
New York Law School
The Evan B. Donaldson Institute, and
The Justice Action Center at New York Law School present:
Gay and Lesbian Adoption: Past, Present, and Future
Adoption law today reflects the dramatic changes in and growing
inclusiveness of American society. This conference will focus on the
history of gay and lesbian adoption struggles, the current state of the
law, and prospects for legal reform. The conference will be held at New
York Law School, 47 Worth Street in Tribeca, New York City. It is
the second annual conference focusing on adoption policy.
Click here for more information and to register
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All events will take place on Friday, May 20, 2005, in the Wellington
Conference Center, 5th Floor, New York Law School.
9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Remarks
- Diane B. Kunz, Center for Adoption Policy
- Adam Pertman, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (EBD)
- Arthur Leonard, New York Law School
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Panel I: The Gay and Lesbian Family in the United States
- Cynthia Russett, Yale University, Moderator
- David Strah, Author, "Gay Fathers"
- Judith Stacey, New York University, "On the Front Lines of the
- Scott Ryan, Florida State University, "Gay Men and Lesbian
Adoptive Parents: Who Are They?"
- David Brodzinsky, Rutgers University and EBD, "EBD Survey of
Adoption Agency Practice"
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Panel II: Roundtable on the Construction and Effect of Challenges to the
Legislative and State Constitutional Bans on Gay and Lesbian Marriage
- Kris Franklin, New York Law School, Moderator
- Greg Wallance, Kaye Scholer LLP, "Fifty-State Survey of Gay and
Lesbian Adoption Law"
- Leslie Cooper, American Civil Liberties Union, "Recent
Challenges to Categorical Exclusions of Gay and Lesbian Adoptions and
Fostering in Florida and Arkansas"
- Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights, "The
California Frontier: Litigating Exclusions to Gay and Lesbian Adoption
- Stuart Delery, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP,
"Appellate Litigation Challenging Gay and Lesbian Adoption"
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Panel III: Gay, and Lesbian Adoption in the United States: A Primer
- Jeanne Howard, Illinois State University and EBD, Moderator
- Jane Aronson, World Wide Orphans, "Choices in Adoption by Gay
and Lesbian Individuals and Families"
- Rudy Estrada, LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund, "LGBT
Youth in Foster Care and Available for Adoption"
- Sharon Rozina, The Kinship Center, "The Magic of Unending
- Michael Colberg, Founding Co-Drector of the Center for Family
Connection, currently in private practice in New York, "Being a
Child-Centered LGBT Parent"
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Discussion with Panelists and Audience: Current Issues
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
New York Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing
Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal
Education in the State of New York. This CLE program has been approved
for newly admitted and experienced attorneys for a maximum of six CLE
credits in Professional Practice. Cost for non-New York Law School
alumni seeking CLE credit is $150. Cost for New York Law School alumni
seeking CLE credit is $125. For individuals not seeking CLE credit, the
fee is $35. There is no fee for current New York Law School students or
Registration: Please register online by visiting www.nyls.edu.
Tuition Assistance: Tuition assistance is available. For additional
information, please review the CLE page of the New York Law School
Refunds: Written notice of cancellation must be received by New York Law
School no later than three days before a CLE program offering for refund
of the registration fee. A $25.00 processing fee will be deducted from
the refund. No refunds will be issued after the start of the program.
All inquiries for this CLE program may be addressed by e-mail to
New York Law School is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the Justice
Action Center no later than one week prior to the event (212-431-2314 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding any additional accommodations you may need.