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
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.
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