PLI Offers Same Sex Marriage Pro Bono Program

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 01:00

To explain the patchwork of laws related to same sex relationships in California, PLI has planned a free program for Wednesday, March 10, from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

It will be held at the PLI California Center, 685 Market Street in San Francisco.

Lawyers who represent same-sex couples, including family and estate planning lawyers, will benefit from this program, which will explain recent decisions that will affect their clients. The discussion will include rights under the California Domestic Partnership Act of 2003; the rights of those married in California before Proposition 8 and the status of foreign marriages; the effect of the Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act on non-California marriages; best practices for family and estate planning involving same sex marriage and parenting issues and the effect of the Federal Defense Marriage Act; and the national perspective on various state and federal laws and their impact on same sex marriages and marriage equivalents.

Speakers for the program include Frederick C. Hertz, Law & Mediation Office of Frederick Hertz; Deb L. Kinney, president, DLKLawGroup PC; Shannon Price Minter, legal director, National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and marriage project director, Lambda Legal.

For information about available credits and fees, see CLE Events on The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website at

To make a reservation, call (800) 260-4PLI or go to