Diversity LGBT Subcommittee Presents "Recent Developments: Same Sex Marriage Issues" CLE

Recent Developments: Same Sex Marriage Issues CLE


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Louisiana Bar Center

601 St. Charles Ave.

New Orleans, LA  70130

8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Registration

8:50 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Update on Recent Court Challenges to Same Sex Marriage Bans
(1.0 CLE credit)

 Professor Todd Brower

 Judicial Education Director • The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Fifteen Minute Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. When Gay Rights and ERISA Intersect: Windsor’s Effect on Pension
 Funds and Health and Welfare Funds and Implications for LGBT Employees

(1.0 CLE credit)

Maria Cangemi

Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard & Cangemi • Metairie

11:15 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Concluding Remarks

Speaker Bios

Todd G. Brower, Professor of Law, Western State University College of Law and Judicial Education Director, The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School.  A former Fulbright-Hays Scholar, Professor Brower has built a formidable career researching, writing, and speaking on human rights and constitutional issues at conferences and universities across the nation and throughout the world.

Professor Brower graduated from Princeton and subsequently won a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to France to teach and do research. Following graduation from Stanford Law School, Professor Brower joined a major San Francisco law firm. Professor Brower has an LL.M from Yale Law School. He became a member of Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California’s full-time faculty in 1983. He teaches Constitutional law, employment discrimination, and property. He was co-counsel pro bono in Karahalios v. Defense Language Institute, argued before the United States Supreme Court in the 1988 term. In 2002-2003, Professor Brower was an Academic Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies – University of London. He is the author of two Surveys and Reports on Sexual Orientation Fairness in the United Kingdom, Department For Constitutional Affairs (2003) & (2005).

Professor Brower is the Judicial Education Director for and a consultant to the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law, where he directs its program on judicial education. He also serves on the California Judicial Council – Access and Fairness Advisory Committee and is the author of various publications on the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the courts of the United Kingdom and California.

Maria C. Cangemi, Attorney and Partner at Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard and Cangemi, APLC, a law firm that was established in 1984 to represent employees, labor unions and employee benefit funds in all areas of labor and employment law. RUSPC has represented affected classes of employees as plaintiffs in ERISA litigation and other employment litigation. RUSPC has also represented employees in collective actions for payment of overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ms. Cangemi was born in New Orleans. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1990. She graduated from Loyola University Law School and was a member of Phi Delta Phi. Maria is a member of the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. Maria is active in the American Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee and is a contributing editor to Employee Benefits Law (BNA). She represents many employee benefit plans. Her practice also includes ERISA related litigation. She has received an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, an independent rating service.
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