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Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:00am to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD


MCDR Member- $75.00

Non MCDR Member- $125.00

Please note: Registration at the door: additional $20.00

Class Description:

This presentation will raise awareness of the issues particular to LGBT families and equip practitioners with skills to frame and address these issues. In this workshop, you will learn to identify and use the unique terms and the legal doctrines and definitions that apply to parenting and financial issues in this community, understand the emotional issues present, become familiar with a framework to help decision-making and explore the use of mediation with LGBT couples and parents.

About the Trainers:

Shannon Price Minter is the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the nation’s leading legal organizations for LGBT people and their families. Minter was counsel for same-sex couples in the California marriage equality case. He has argued many other impact family law cases across the country, including the recent decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals in Port v. Cowan, holding that Maryland will recognize valid same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. Minter is the co-author of Family Law for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People (West, 2011) and the co-editor of Transgender Rights (Univ. of Minn. Press, 2006). He has been recognized for his legal work by the Ford Foundation, the National LGBT Bar Association, Gaylaw, and Stanford and Cornell Law Schools. Minter was born in Texas and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Mark F. Scurti is a Member with Pessin Katz Law, P.A. in Towson where he heads the Same Sex Law practice group handling estate planning, adoption, name and gender changes, divorce and dissolution, custody matters as well as serving as a mediator in family matters. His practice area also includes all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings and debt restructuring. Mark received his JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and received his MBA and BA from Loyola College. He is Past President of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Baltimore Bar Foundation, LGBT Bar of Maryland, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Free State Legal Project, a clinic for low income L/G/B/T individuals and past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy Section. He has served on the MSBA Board of Governors, and the National LGBT Bar Association board. Mark served as co-counsel with Lambda Legal in the Maryland Court of Appeals case, Port v. Cowan that held that legally performed out of state same sex marriages would be recognized for all purposes in Maryland. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland Schools of Law teaching Sexual Orientation and the Law.

Susan (Sue) Silber, Esq., has dedicated her legal career of over 30 years to advancing the rights of all families, including a focus on same-sex families. Sue represents clients in all aspects of family law including guardianships, adoptions, separation agreements, divorce, custody, dissolutions and prenuptial agreements. She uses collaborative dispute resolution and mediation, as well as traditional approaches. Sue has led many trainings relevant to LGBTQI families, and is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She is a Past President of the LGBT Bar Association of Maryland. She founded the law firm of Silber, Perlman, Sigman & Tilev based in Takoma Park, and has been recognized for her lifetime achievements by GAYLAW and COLAGE (Children with Lesbian & Gay Parents). She also practices employment law and is the City Attorney of Takoma Park, MD. Sue received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

Sue Soler, LCSW-C is a seasoned mental health professional with more than fifteen years experience working with children and families. Sue’s background includes team training in collaborative divorce, mediation training, and experience conducting custody evaluations. She has served as a parenting coordinator through appointments by the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland. She has also testified on behalf of children and families in both District and Circuit Court in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sue graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University. Sue received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

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