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A Free Bench/Bar Program co-sponsored with

Flashner Judicial Institute

The Flaschner Judicial Institute

Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association


The Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association

The Ripple Effects of Goodridge

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, 4th Floor, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108


Four years ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that civil marriage, with all of its protections, benefits, and obligations, must be available equally to same-sex couples.

This program will look at the legal implications and practical consequences of the landmark case. A distinguished panel of legal practitioners will discuss the impact of the Goodridge case in the following areas:

  • - Probate & Equity Actions
  • - Trusts, Estates, & Taxes
  • - Employment Issues
  • - Children, Custody, & Parenting
  • - Divorce & Separation Agreements
  • - Pre-Nuptial & Partnership Agreements


Hon. Rudolph Kass (ret.) Massachusetts Appeals Court

Gary Buseck, Esq. Legal Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Lisa M. Cukier, Esq.
Burns & Levinson

Joyce Kauffman, Esq.
Law Office of Joyce Kauffman

Barbara A. Robb, Esq.
Shilepsky O’Connell LLP

Mary H. Schmidt, Esq.
Packenham, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.

Peter F. Zupcofska, Esq.
Burns & Levinson


Refreshments will be served.

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