The theme of this symposium is the continuing struggle to reform
family law to ensure equality. The focus will be on relationships within families, access to the family structure, and family members’ status in society at large.
The topic of equality in family law is particularly timely: the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear three family law cases this term, including two concerning marriage equality and a third involving parental rights and the Indian Child Welfare Act. The presenters will discuss a broad range of issues, including adult partnerships, marriage equality, the definition of parent and parenting responsibilities, the definition of family, and access to and legal implications from using assisted reproductive technology. A central theme among all of the presenters will be how equality is best attained.