CLE – Beyond Brooke B: Litigating Same Sex Parenting Cases in the New Legal Landscape


December 8, 2016 6:00 pm

Save the Date!!

NYWBA LGBT, Children’s Rights and Matrimonial
and Family Law Committees

presents the following CLE program

“Beyond Brooke B: Litigating Same Sex
Parenting Cases in the New Legal Landscape”

Hosted by
JAMS Matrimonial and Family Law Neutrals,
Caroline Antonacci, Esq. and Hon. Betty Ellerin (Ret.) 


Hon. Ellen Gesmer, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division for the First Department


Eric Wrubel, Partner at Wrubel Burstein, LLP
Margaret Canby, Partner at Blank Rome LLP
Peter Favaro, Ph.D.

The speakers will be exploring the legal landscape with the demise of the Bright Line rule enunciated in Alison D. Specifically, the speakers will discuss different ways to establish the pre-conception agreement and what other standards may be available for parents. In addition, the speakers will propose protocols for the re-introduction of the parent who has been barred access to their child. Lastly, the speakers will discuss the emergence of children’s rights—separate and apart from those of the parents—and how the Court of Appeals recognized those rights in the Brooke B. decision.


Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: JAMS
620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor
(between 40th and 41st Streets), NYC
CLE: 1 Skills Credit1
1 Professional Practice Credit
Cost: Free – NYWBA Members2
$50 – Non members3
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1CLE: The New York Women’s Bar Association is an accredited CLE provider. Approval of CLE credit is pending in accordance with the requirements of the NYS CLE Board for the above-listed credit hours for established attorneys and as transitional credit hours for newly admitted attorneys.

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3Financial Hardship Scholarships: Full and partial scholarships based on financial need are available.  For info on the guidelines and to apply, contact CLE Co-Chairs Amy. B. Goldsmith and Ariel Chesler at or 212-216- 1135. All requests are confidential.