PRESIDENTS’ DAY - Monday, February 20, 2023
Gender Identity & Family Law (Powered by IICLE®)
In partnership with LAGBAC
Attend Live In-Person @ IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
Live Via Webcast
11:30 Registration Opens or Log into the program via your account at www.iicle.com
12:00 Welcome and Overview of the Program
Program Moderator: Paulette Gray, Gray & Gray, LLC, Crystal Lake*
12:05 – 2:15 Keynote Presentation - Gender Identity and Family Law
Angela Kade Goepferd, MD (she/they), Chief Education Officer, Chief of Staff, Pediatrician in the Children’s Minneapolis Primary Care Clinic and Medical Director of Children’s Gender Health Program
(2.0 Diversity / Inclusion PR credits, pending approval)
(Note: This presentation includes a 10-minute break)
Dr. Goepferd has provided professional training for a variety of audiences on how to improve their skills and comfort working with LGBTQ clients and their families. At this program, Dr. Goepferd will provide an in-depth presentation on essential concepts and core issues that are crucial for family law attorneys serving families navigating issues of gender identity and expression, including:
- Gender identity development in kids and relevant terminology to describe transgender identities
- Practical strategies for talking to parents and children about gender identity.
- The important role of parents in the health and mental health of LGBTQ+ kids
- Evidence-based approaches to parenting transgender and gender diverse kids
- Strategies for working with parents who are "unsupportive" and high-conflict families.
- The basic components of "gender affirming care" for kids and teenagers.
2:15 – 3:00 Gender Identity and Expression, Sexual Orientation and Illinois Family Law: An Overview
Richard Wilson, Richard A Wilson PC Law Offices, Chicago*#
(0.75 Diversity / Inclusion PR credits, pending approval)
An examination and discussion of current Illinois law (and where relevant, federal and other state law) pertaining to gender identity and expression of a child, or a parent, or both, in intact, divorcing or divorced families in Illinois—with and without regard to the sexual orientation of the child, or sexual orientation or marital status of the parent or parents —and what legal issues and rights may arise where a parent or a child is confronted with gender identity issues in the context of a parentage action, in a divorce, or afterward. Current law on sexual orientation of a parent or child, where it intersects, will also be discussed.
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Judges’ Panel
Hon. Regina A. Scannicchio, Presiding Circuit Judge, Domestic Relations Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Pamela E. Loza, Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division
Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division
4:15 – 5:00 Creative Uses of Hybrid ADR Processes
Brendan J. Hammer, Matador ADR LLC and Of-Counsel to Hammer, Serna and Quinn LLC, Chicago*
An exploration of how practitioners can use hybrid ADR processes, including Mediation-Arbitration, Arbitration-Mediation, Discovery Master and others, as practical adjuncts and viable alternatives to both complex litigation and mediation.
* Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
# Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers