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Law Program to focus on ‘Emerging LGBT Legal Issues’

Mar 25, 2010

Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law will present “Emerging LGBT Legal Issues: What you should know to protect your client,” in the Moot Court Room on Friday, April 9, at 1 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the ONU LAMBDA Law Students’ Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

The presentation will include three featured speakers and conclude with a closing and evaluation at 4:10 p.m. This event is free to the public; however, there is a fee for those seeking continuing legal education credit.

Dr. Robert S. Salem, of the University of Toledo College of Law, will present “Domestic Partnerships and Family Law.” Salem has published articles regarding gay rights and education issues in the Cleveland State Law Review, Louisiana Law Review and the Albany Law Review. Salem serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory panels, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the ACLU of Ohio, and Equality Toledo.

Attorney Karen Ball will present “Estate Planning Issues for LGBT Individuals and Couples.” Ball has practiced law for nearly 25 years and has a long history of involvement with community and family issues. Prior to practicing law, Ball worked with the Fair Housing Contact Service in Akron, Ohio, and with several nonprofit civil rights groups. Ball received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University and her JD from Capital University.

Carrie Davis, Staff Attorney for ACLU of Ohio, will present “Employment and Housing Non-discrimination.” Davis joined ACLU of Ohio in 2003, and travels the state working on important civil liberties litigation, lobbying all levels of Ohio government, helping Ohioans to lobby their officials and speaking on a variety of subjects. Davis has served as counsel on landmark cases involving voting rights, free speech and individual liberties, including Carswell v. Ohio. Davis has a BA in philosophy and public policy from Albion College and a JD from Case Western Reserve University.

To register for the CLE, contact or 419-772-2214.

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