LGBT Family Law Institute

Friday, August 4 | 9:00am – 5:00pm

The LGBT Family Law Institute is held each year as part of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Conference and Career Fair.

Family Law Institute Application

This Institute, a joint venture of the LGBT Bar and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, allows experienced LGBT family law practitioners to share collective wisdom and to discuss cutting-edge legal strategies for representing members of the LGBT community on such matters as family creation, assisted reproductive technology, ethics, interstate and international parentage issues, estate planning, collaborative law, transgender issues, dissolution of relationships, and elder law.

In order to create an environment where there can be a free flow of information, the meetings are closed and are not recorded. Registration is limited to 125 participants whose work history qualifies them as seasoned attorneys. The Institute does not provide continuing legal education (CLE) credit.

Institute sessions are not formal lectures, but rather are structured to encourage participation from everyone in attendance. Further, the LGBT Family Law Institute gives participants an opportunity to network with lawyers from other states in order to build a cadre of family law practitioners throughout the country.

To guarantee that the discourse remains at a high level, and to ensure that all participants are able to contribute meaningfully to the conversation, we are asking that interested parties submit the following application:

Applicants will be selected based on their experience with LGBT family creation, protection, and dissolution. Applicants should have familiarity with these issues and may be asked to provide evidence describing their familiarity with LGBT family law.

The cost to attend the LGBT Family Law Institute is $230, which includes registration to attend the rest of the 2017 Annual Conference on August 2-3.


Please Note: Dates and times for individual programming are subject to change.

9 :00am- 9:15amWelcome & Introduction (Zack Paakkonen)
9:15am – 10:30amSocial Security Developments Since Last Year (Cindy Barrett)
10:30am – 11:45amThe Trump Impact on LGBTQ Clients & Their Families (Deb Guston)
1 :00pm – 2:15pmART Issues (Peggy Swain)
Estate Planning (Joan M. Burda)
2:15pm – 3:30pmReligious Exemptions & the Impact on LGBTQ Clients & Families
3:30pm – 3:45pmBREAK
3:45pm – 5:00pmOut-of-Home LGBTQ Youth (Zack Paakkonen)
Navigating Hostile & Friendly States with LGBTQ Clients – Best Practices