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October 04, 2023

ABA family law conference to focus on ART, custody trends and more

CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2023 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments in family law during the 2023 Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference, Oct. 11-14.

Three days of programming for new and seasoned family law practitioners will include topics such as approving a surrogate, writing ironclad pre- and postmarital agreements, custody trends and the effect of the Supreme Court’s Brackeen decision on Assisted Reproductive Technology and adoption.

2023 Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law

Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 11-14

Omni Louisville Hotel
Louisville, Kentucky

Program highlights include:

“The ‘Trifecta’ of Approving a Surrogate from a Medical, Legal and Psychological Perspective” — A panel of experts will examine the process of approving a gestational surrogate, which is involved and requires approval at numerous stages of the ART process. They will provide an extensive analysis of the best practices and considerations involved with approving a gestational surrogate to proceed with a surrogacy journey from a medical, psychological, ethical and legal perspective.
Thursday, 8:40-10:45 a.m.

“How to Create an Ironclad Premarital or Postmarital Agreement” — Ever wanted to know how the experts create ironclad premarital or postmarital agreements that stand the test of time and legal scrutiny? This panel will provide expert guidance to empower couples and/or individuals to safeguard their futures and will explore crucial topics like asset protection, financial transparency and conflict resolution in the event of divorce or an unexpected death, all in an effort to assure marital bliss.
Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Counsel, Write This Down: Turning Family Law Custody Trends into a Winning Trial” —-This esteemed panel of three Kentucky-based family law and appellate judges will discuss custody trends across various family law actions, and explain how to effectively present these cases in a compelling – and winning – manner. They will also address strategies, evidence and presentation.
Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Keep Up with the Front Runners: Understanding Culture and Religion as it Relates to Assisted Reproduction” — This program will discuss cultural and religious considerations for attorneys to recognize in managing their assisted reproductive matters. A panel of experts will discuss how culture and religion can impact the perspectives of judges and legislators as they relate to assisted reproductive technology. They will also discuss how culture and religion may affect how embryo/egg/sperm donors, surrogates and intended parents approach their participation in assisted reproduction matters.
Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Brackeen: The Effects of SCOTUS Upholding ICWA on ART and Adoption” — Panelists will explore the effects of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) on ART and adoption, maintaining tribal identity and expanding families with a focus on recent updates including the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Brackeen v. Haaland to uphold the 1978 law.
Saturday, 8:40-10:45 a.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

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

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.