Symposium 2006


The Rutgers Law Review presents

Same Sex Couples & “The Exclusive Commitment”

Untangling the Issues & Consequences

Friday, November 10, 2006

9:30am – 4:30pm

Rutgers Law School-Newark Room 70

 On October 25, 2006, the NJ Supreme Court released its opinion in the case of Lewis v. Harris.  This symposium will take a critical look at the consequences and arguments of the Court’s landmark decision.

Morning Panel: Consequences of Lewis v. Harris

This panel focused on research concerning the legal impact of same-sex union recognition including family law, tax law, adoption law, and conflict of law concerns.

Professor Suzanne A. Kim, Rutgers School of Law-Newark


Professor Sally Goldfarb, Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Panelist surveying the immediate concerns and impacts.

 Debra E. Guston, Guston & Guston, Panelist & practitioner discussing the impact in adoption law.

 Professor Diana Sclar, Rutgers School of Law-NewarkPanelist discussing conflict of law issues.

 Dr. Saby Ghoshray, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Panelist discussing economic impacts

 Professor Marc Poirier, Seton Hall University School of Law, panelist discussing strategies in same-sex union recognition.

 Lunch Speaker:

 Reverend Mark Lewis Named plaintiff in Lewis v. Harris

Afternoon Panel: Debating Lewis v. Harris

This panel debated the constitutional arguments of Lewis v. Harris and similar cases.

New Jersey Public Advocate Ronald Chen


Professor Amy Wax, University of Pennsylvania Law School

 Professor Laura Appleman, Willamette Law School

 David S. Buckel, Marriage Project Director, Lambda Legal

 Professor George Dent, Case Western Reserve School of Law

 William Duncan, Director, Marriage Law Foundation

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