Jacob Turns 25

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Jacob Turns 25: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going With LGBTQ Family Law in New York

A Prerecorded Online Conference Presented by The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission

October 2020

Dedicated to the enduring legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Keynote Panel

A Look Back on Matter of Jacob

  • Roberta Kaplan, Esq., Founding Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and law clerk to Chief Judge Judith Kaye in 1995
  • Alicia Ouellette, Dean, Albany Law School and law clerk to Judge Howard Levine in 1995
  • Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Retired Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals
  • Hon. Howard Levine, Retired Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals


Panel 2

An Overview of the Child-Parent Security Act

  • Brian Esser, Esq., Law Office of Brian Esser PLLC, Brooklyn
  • Kathleen “Casey” Copps DiPaola, Esq., Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC, Albany
  • Dennis Williams, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, WarnerMedia and dad


Panel 3

A Conversation With New York’s Four LGBTQ State Legislators

  • Dan Clark, Host and Producer, New York Now (moderator)
  • Assemblymember Harry Bronson
  • Assemblymember Deborah Glick
  • Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell
  • Senator Brad Hoylman


Panel 4

An Update on New York State’s Birth Certificate Policies

  • Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker, Co-Chair, Equality New York (moderator)
  • Charlie Arrowood, Esq., Name Change Project Counsel, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Esq., Senior Attorney and Health Care Strategist, Lambda Legal
  • Milo Primeaux, Esq., Civil Rights Attorney and Member of the Failla Commission


Panel 5

RBG’s LGBTQ Legacy

  • David Codell, Esq., Law Office of David C. Codell and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1996-1997
  • Ria Tabacco Mar, Esq., Director, Women’s Rights Project, ACLU
  • Joshua Matz, Esq., Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2014-2015
  • Shannon Minter, Esq., Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

*The views expressed in the panels of this conference are those of the individual speakers and do not necessarily represent or reflect the positions of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission, the Office of Court Administration, or the New York State Unified Court System.