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Road to Victory: U.S. v. Windsor, Proposition 8 and Their Aftermaths--ON-LINE AND PHONE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED; REGISTER AT DOOR

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Registration for this course is now closed.

Intended Audience:

Public Sector/Non-profit may sign up under 'Law Office Staff' for $25*
* A business card will be required at registration to confirm status

Non-lawyers (no CLE) may attend for No Charge. RSVP to

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Location: 2nd floor auditorium

Course ID: C09192013

Number of Sessions: 1

Credits: 2.5 General NJ Credit
2.5 MCLE Credits: 2 PP, 0.5 Skills; Transitional and Non-transitional

Course Description:

NYCLA is pleased to welcome many of the key players involved in seeking marriage equality and overturning DOMA for this panel discussion that you will not want to miss.

Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Supreme Court, NY County, who made national headlines when she handed down the decision in Hernandez v. Robles, ruling that the State of New York violated same sex couples’ constitutional rights by denying them marriage equality. Although Judge Ling-Cohan was reversed on appeal, her position was endorsed when Governor Cuomo signed marriage equality into law in 2011. Judge Ling-Cohan will providehistorical perspective of where we were and how far we have come.

Jeffrey S. Trachtman, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, co-counsel with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in Hernandez v. Robles, a suit seeking recognition of marriage rights for same-sex couples. Mr. Trachtman will provide his insights on the significance of the Hernandez case and its aftermath.

Roberta A. Kaplan, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, who, as lead counsel, successfully argued on behalf of Edith Windsor in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court case that may be the most significant civil rights decisions of our time, where the Court ruled that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the U.S. Constitution by barring legally married same-sex couples from enjoying the wide-ranging benefits of marriage conferred under federal law. Ms. Kaplan will discuss the Windsor case and its implications for the future.

Richard Bettan, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, part of a trial team that persuaded the federal district court for the Northern District of California to invalidate Proposition 8 (California's state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality for same-sex couples) as unconstitutional under the United States Constitution. An appeal of this decision was dismissed by the Supreme Court. Mr. Bettan will discuss the issues in the Proposition 8 case, and its implications for the future.

Professor Gloria Brown-Marshall, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Director of the Law and Policy Group, author of Race, Law and American Society and legal correspondent covering the U.S. Supreme
Court. ProfessorBrowne-Marshall will discuss the relevance of the recent Supreme Court cases with regard to other civil rights cases decided by the Supreme Court.

Hon. Barbara S. Jones, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, who wrote the initial district court opinion in Windsor holding DOMA unconstitutional, will moderate.


Richard Bettan, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, part of trial team in Proposition 8 case; Roberta A. Kaplan, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, lead counsel in U.S. v. Windsor; Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Sup Ct, NY County; Jeffrey S. Trachtman,  Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Moderator: Hon. Barbara S. Jones, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

Program Co-sponsor: NYCLA's Federal Courts Committee


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