20 Nov 2013 AAARTA Conference Offers Global Perspective on ART Law
Earlier this month I attended the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) and American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Mid-Year Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference, entitled “A Global Approach to Family Formation In the United States and Abroad,” attracted presenters and attendees from all over the world, with speakers from Australia, France, Germany, Spain, the U.K., Canada, and The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).
I am part of a working group from the American Bar Association focused on international surrogacy laws in conjunction with The HCCH; this working group met in Charleston as well.
The conference offered continuing legal education (CLE) credits for attorneys in the ART and adoption law fields, with a curriculum encompassing topics from the latest medical advancements in assisted reproductive technology and ethical and psychological issues surrounding egg banking to drafting legislation and LGBT family formation.
The next three Assisted Reproduction law CLE conferences will be hosted by the ABA ART Committee, which I chair, in conjunction with the ABA Family Law Section CLE conference schedule. (For more information, visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/events_cle.html.)
- Bermuda, May 7-10, 2014
- Stowe, Vermont, October 15-18, 2014
- Carlsbad, California, May 6-9, 2015
In our practice at International Fertility Law Group, we work with many intended parents, egg or sperm donors, and surrogates from different countries, many of whom travel to the United States seeking a more favorable legal environment in which to create families. That’s what makes CLE so critically important, as technological advances make ART affordable, accessible and available to growing numbers of families. And because this area of law is in constant development, attending these CLE conferences—and networking with our colleagues—is an essential part of advancing our profession and protecting our clients so that they can safely, legally, and ethically form their families through assisted reproduction.