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Building the Modern Family through Third Party Reproduction

SKU: FAM2300
Total Credits
1.5 - 2
Price$100
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Description

For hundreds of years parentage laws in the United States have been grounded on the premise that a man and a woman must have “intimate relations” in order to conceive a child. Recent advances in medical technology have changed that paradigm and the child of the modern family is often conceived in a medical laboratory rather than in a bedroom. Conceiving a child the modern way may involve as many as six people in the process if the intended parents need donor eggs or sperm or a woman to gestate the child. Although well over a million children have been conceived through some kind of “third party reproduction” the parentage laws in some states, including New York, have completely ignored these changes. The result is that many children conceived through third party reproduction lack a secure legal relationship with their parents. This is simply unacceptable since - as New York State Justice George Bundy Smith wrote in his concurring opinion in H.M. v. E.T.: “there are few areas of the law where certainty is more important than in the rules governing who a child’s parents are”

This CLE presentation will address the way children are being conceived and gestated when the assistance of a third party is required and how parentage laws have evolved outside of New York to address these changes. The balance of the presentation will discuss the many ways New York law is inadequate to protect children conceived through third party reproduction. We’ll end with a discussion of Child Parent Security Act - a bill currently pending in the New York Legislature - which we believe would present a comprehensive solution to these problems.

Lecturer Bios

Denise E. Seidelman, Esq.

Denise E. Seidelman, Esq. is a Partner in the firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP www.adoptionlawny.com and has been practicing exclusively in the areas of adoption and reproductive law since 1996. She is on the Board of the New York Attorneys for Adoption and Assisted Family Formation (NYAAFF) and on the Emeritus Board of Family Equality.

She was also on the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) from 2016-2020. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Washington College of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and also admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Denise lectures frequently in the area of adoption and reproductive law and has presented on these topics for Lawline, the ABA Family Law Section, the Practicing Law Institute, the New York Judicial Institute, Men Having Babies, and the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education. In 2011 Denise, with a few of her NYAAFF colleagues, wrote the first draft of the bill that would become the Child Parent Security Act (CPSA).

Denise was also the primary liaison between the legislative bill sponsors, the Governor’s office and the Protecting Modern Families Coalition which formed to gain passage of the bill. After over ten years of hard work the CPSA finally went into effect on February 15.

Finally, Denise has written articles explaining the Child Parent Security Act both for the New York Law Journal https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2020/04/27/the-child-parent-security-act-is-a-game-changer-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ and as a guest author for the Legally Speaking Column for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Nina E. Rumbold, Esq.

Nina E. Rumbold, Esq., is a Partner in the firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP practicing exclusively in the areas of adoption and reproductive law. Nina is a member of the leading organizations in the adoption and reproductive law fields including: The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Nina received her Juris Doctor degree from New York University Law School and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She has lectured on Adoption Law and Reproductive Law as a member of the faculties of the ABA Family Law Section, Practicing Law Institute, the New York Judicial Institute and the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education. She is also a regular speaker at the Adoptive Parents Committee annual conference.

A current member and former President of New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation (NYAAFF), an organization which advocates for legislative reform in the areas of adoption and reproductive law, Nina is a major contributor to The Child-Parent Security Act, proposed legislation which seeks to reform New York’s laws regarding the parentage of children born through assisted reproductive technology.



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