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October 12, 2020

ABA family law conference to discuss surrogacy, assisted reproductive technology topics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2020 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments for family law lawyers during the 2020 Virtual Fall CLE Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, Monday-Friday Oct. 19-23.

Five days of programming for new and seasoned family law practitioners will include topics such the effect of COVID-19 on assisted reproductive technology (ART), birthright citizenship and how surrogacy is handled around the world.

2020 Virtual Fall CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law

Monday-Friday, Oct. 19-23


Program highlights include:

“How Surrogacy Is Handled Around the Globe and the European Court of Human Rights” In July 2019, experts from around the world gathered at the International Surrogacy Forum at Cambridge University in England. This panel will address the issues arising from the forum and how surrogacy and ART is dealt with around the world, which will enable attorneys to better understand the issues that affect their clients from overseas, particularly those who come from jurisdictions where surrogacy is illegal under their domestic laws.

Wednesday, 1:30-4:45 p.m.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic and Fallout on ART Fields of Practice” — The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in effects on ART fields of practice in ways medical and legal professionals never could have imagined. A panel of experts will explore the fallout of the pandemic and ways practitioners have and can continue to accommodate legal issues in contract drafting, amendments to contracts, and parentage.

Wednesday, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

“Navigating the Insurance Maze: ART Implications with ERISA, HMO and Lien Policies Clarified” — This expert panel will review the ever-evolving issues on insurance coverages in gestational carrier agreements, including the pitfalls involved with ERISA, HMOs and other lien policies that impact the effectiveness of insurance coverages within these agreements. They will also define language and provisions that should be included in or excluded from gestational carrier agreements and discuss future issues that are anticipated to impact the agreements.

Thursday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

“Identifying and Proving Domestic Violence in a Family Law Case” — Family law practitioners must know not only how to identify domestic violence, but also how to present it as part of a case. Expert panelists will discuss patterns, issue spotting and how to counsel clients who may or may not present as domestic violence survivors. They will also give a judicial perspective on how to effectively present a case, as well as a litigator’s perspective on how to prepare the case from the very beginning.

Friday, 3:55-4:55 p.m.

“Born in the U.S.A” — How and why do citizenship issues directly impact international intended parents and birth tourism? Learn the origins of birthright citizenship, how it affects U.S. ART births in which intended parents are not U.S. citizens and what issues are on the horizon that could affect your ART cases involving international intended parents.

Friday, 5-6 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free for members of the press. For media credentialing and more information, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or [email protected].

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