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When: Registration begins at 7:30
8:00 AM
Where: Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
200 S. Pattee St.
Missoula, Montana  59802
Presenter: Family Law Section
Contact: Gino Dunfee

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Advanced Family Law CLE—Cutting Edge Issues in Family Law

Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown

Friday, October 23

7:30-7:55 Registration (light breakfast items provided)

8:00-8:30  Welcome and opening remarks 

8:30-9:00   Introduction to Assisted Reproductive Technology Law:  Competency and other Ethical Considerations in a Multi-Jurisdictional Practice (Richard Vaughn) 

9:00-9:30   Establishing Parentage of Intended Parents in Egg Donation and Surrogacy Agreements—Legal Framework and Considerations (Richard Vaughn)

9:30-10:00  Essential Terms in Surrogacy and Egg Donation Agreements (Richard Vaughn)  

10:00-10:15  Break

10:15-10:45  Continuation of morning topics and questions 

10:45-11:05 The Practice of ART Law in Montana (Susan Ridgeway)

11:05-11:45  Interstate and International Full Faith and Credit  (Jane Cowley)

11:45-1:15 Lunch (included) and Family Law Section Meeting

1:15-2:45 p.m.  Obergefell v. Hodges:  resolved and unresolved issues regarding marriage, dissolution of marriage, property distribution, parentage, and custodial rights in same-sex relationships, unmarried relationships, and other family relationships.  (Susan Ridgeway)   

Should courts fashion equitable remedies? (Debate between Susan Ridgeway and Mars Scott) 

2:45-3:00  Break

3:00-4:00  Ethics Panel:   conflicts of interest, limited representation, and unrepresented parties in ART and other arrangements to establish parentage; ethical questions affecting surrogacy agencies;  whether settlement masters and mediators can raise overlooked legal and factual issues; other issues as time permits.   (Richard Vaugh, Susan Ridgeway, Cynthia Thiel, and Mars Scott.  Moderated by Beth Brennan). 

4:00-4:45  Update on recent legislation and Montana Supreme Court family law decisions. (Justice Jim Shea) 

5:00-7:00 Reception and informal dinner ($35)

8:00 MCT 


Join the Family Law Section for a fun networking opportunity after the seminar!  We have a brew fest lined up at Missoula Children’s Theatre from 5:00 to 7:00 and tickets to see the Missoula Community Theatre’s production of "Sweeney Todd – Demon Barber of Fleet Street."  We’re also offering tickets to the UM Griz football game for Saturday’s game when the Griz take on North Dakota.  

Seminar highlights 1.5 ethics credits with presentations on cutting edge issues by Richard Vaughn, Susan Ridgeway, Jane Cowley, Cindy Thiel, Beth Brennan and Mars Scott.  Justice James Shea will also offer a Supreme Court Update.



Because there is a football game in Missoula, the Holiday Inn may book fast!  Get your reservations now!  Click here for reservations or call the Holiday Inn at 1-877-834-3613.