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Law & Inequality to Host Symposium on the Modern American Family

March 4, 2010— Law & Inequality: a Journal of Theory & Practice at The University of Minnesota Law School, will host a symposium on Friday, April 9, 2010 entitled "Family Values: Law & the Modern American Family." The symposium brings together nationally recognized scholars, practicing attorneys as well as advocacy organizations to discuss the present state of the law affecting non-traditional families in the United States. The program will feature four panels dealing with topics including family law issues, same sex marriage and beyond, immigration, and legislative and litigation developments. The symposium will convene at the University of Minnesota Law School, Mondale Hall in Lockhart Auditorium (Room 25) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a reception to follow.

In "Family Law Issues for Non-Traditional Families," 9:15 a.m to 10:45 a.m., Prof. Judith Younger of the University of Minnesota Law School will moderate a panel featuring Prof. Thomas P. Gallanis of the University of Iowa, discussing "The Flexible Family in Three Dimensions;" Prof. Holning S. Lau of the University of North Carolina discussing "The Effects of Legally Recognizing Same-Sex Unions on Health and Well-Being;" Catherine E. Smith of the University of Denver discussing "Standing in the Shadows: The Rights of Children with Same-Sex Couples;" and Prof. Marie Failinger of Hamline University, discussing "Ophelia with Child: A Restorative Approach to Legal Decision-making by Teen Mothers."

In "Same Sex Marriage and Beyond," Prof. Dale Carpenter of the University of Minnesota Law School will moderate a panel discussion of issues related to same sex marriage and other non-traditional family configurations. Presenters include Prof. Edward Stein of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, the lunchtime keynote speaker, whose presentation is titled "Looking Beyond Full Relationship Recognition for Couples Regardless of Sex: Abolition, Alternatives, and/or Functionalism;" Prof. Elizabeth M. Glazer of Hofstra Law School, discussing "Standards and Deviations;" and Jonathan Rauch, journalist and Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, discussing ""Beyond Queer: Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Families, and the New Normalcy."

In "Immigration Issues Facing Non-Traditional Families," Howard S. (Sam) Myers, III of Myers Thompson, P.A. will moderate a panel including Laura J. Danielson, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; Angela Bortel, The Bortel Firm, LLC; and Aaron C. Morris, Immigration Equality.

Finally, in "State Initiatives, Legislation & Litigation," Katie Belanger, the Executive Director of Fair Wisconsin, Brad Clark, the Campaign Director of One Iowa, and Phil Duran, the Legal Director for Outfront Minnesota will discuss developments and strategies in their states.

Costs are: $40 for attorneys/$25 for attorneys at nonprofit organizations (includes CLE credits and lunch); $15 for Law & Inequality journal alumni and students (includes lunch); and free for students not eating lunch.

CLE credit, including elimination of bias credit, has been requested for the program, and a total of five or six credits are expected. Register online at http://www.law.umn.edu/lawineq/symposium2010.html.