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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 25, 2007

NCLR Continuing Legal Trainings About Same-Sex Parents in Florida

First-Ever Program Designed to Train Florida Lawyers to Effectively Represent LGBT Clients


(St. Petersburg, FL, January 25, 2007) — On Friday, January 26, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the University of Miami School of Law will host a series of workshops designed to introduce and instruct family law attorneys on the issues and practices of representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients. The courses will cover such topics as adoption, child custody, and partner protection. Legal education credits from the Florida Bar may be awarded for attendance. More than 100 attorneys have registered thus far..

"Florida is a very hostile climate for LGBT families, and we want lawyers to know how to maximize the few protections we can provide," said NCLR Senior Counsel Karen Doering. "While this won't solve the complex problems faced by same-sex parents seeking to protect their children, , it is an important first step. We are thrilled to be partnering with the University of Miami School of Law on this groundbreaking educational project."

University of Miami Professor Patrick Gudridge will frame the day by providing an overview of constitutional cases affecting LGBT people. NCLR attorney Doering will discuss custody and visitation issues for LGBT parents under current Florida law. Attorney Caryn Lubetsky will discuss ethical issues for attorneys representing LGBT clients, and Attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, who serves on NCLR's National Family Law Advisory Council, will lead a session on adoption, insemination, and surrogacy. The day will conclude with a joint session hosted by Professor Lee-ford Tritt of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Attorney Jonas Urba, who will explain partnership protection documents, wills, trusts, and tax issues.

The workshops will be held in the Alma Jennings Student Lounge at the University of Miami School of Law. Registration is free. The Florida Bar has approved this CLE for 7.0 general credits, including 1.0 ethics credit (5.5 certification credits for marital and family law).

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, NCLR's Southern regional office serves clients throughout the Southeast. NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. In addition to a full docket of cases, NCLR is working to eliminate Florida's discriminatory law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

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