Supreme Change: The Legal Landscape After Windsor


Friday, November 22, 2013 8:30 am to 2:00 pm


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290


During this half-day symposium, participants will learn about the legal strategy that ultimately led the United States Supreme Court to reject as unconstitutional the federal definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” contained in Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act; hear from practitioners about the practical implications of the Windsor decision on areas including immigration, family law, tax issues and estate planning; discuss Connecticut’s role in advancing LGBT civil rights; and find out what’s next in the LGBT civil rights movement across the nation.

9:10 a.m. Windsor: From Complaint to United States Supreme Court
Moderator: Timothy S. Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law, UConn School of Law
Speaker: Mariko Hirose, Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union

10:00 a.m. The Road to Windsor: Connecticut’s Role in Paving the Path for Change
Moderator Karen L. DeMeola '96, Assistant Dean of Students, UConn School of Law
Kenneth J. Bartschi '96, Horton Shields & Knox, PC
Michael Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, State of Connecticut
Anne Stanback, Director,  tate and National Partnerships, Equality Federation

10:50 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. The New Normal: What Practitioners Need to Know About Windsor
Moderator Meghan Freed, Freed Marcroft LLC
Victoria T. Ferrara, Ferrara Hayden PC
Leslie I. Jennings-Lax, Lax & Truax, LLC
Kristen Marcroft, Freed Marcroft LLC
John J. Palmeri, Attorney at Law, LLC

12:15 p.m. Looking Ahead: What’s Next in the LGBT Civil Rights Movement?
Moderator:  Susan R. Schmeiser, Professor of Law, UConn School of Law
Adrian E. Shanker, Former President, Equality Pennsylvania
Anne Stanback, Director, State and National Partnerships, Equality Federation

Non-CBA members should contact the CBA Member Services Center so the RSVP can be taken over the phone.


Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean of Students


If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at at least two weeks in advance.