Law & Marriage Seminar Toward Family Restoration

Preparing for a ministry in marriage and family at a time when marriage's very definition is under reconstruction can be challenging.  This week Liberty University's Liberty Counsel Society is offering a training Seminar for just that, and I am very pleased to be part of their event.  Their Facebook Event page can be seen here.

Presenting "Unpacking Windsor and subsequent cases and their implications for family law," I will be offering my work in a presentation from the article posted on the Social Science Research Network entitled "Federalism or Extreme Makeover of Family Law? Rules and Rhetoric ofWindsor (and Perry)," published by the Elon Law Review.  I will also be discussing "How Will the Proliferation and Recognition of Domestic Partnerships Affect Marriage?" available at http://papers.ssrn.com/soll3/papers.cfm and published by the Journal of Family Studies in 2002; and "The Collateral Effects of Civil Unions on Family Law, published by Widener Journal of Public Law in 2002; and "Marriage, State Domestic Relations Power, and Family Strength," published in the Virginia Lawyer Magazine available at  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2427462.

Here's a bit more about the event, which looks to be most helpful in fostering family restoration.
"Law & Marriage Seminar" Thursday, September 4th from 1:00 - 6:00. (Refreshments and Meet & Greet with speakers to follow until 6:30), at the Supreme Court Room of the Law School.
Come be a part of the robust discussion on the critical issue of marriage. Become informed on its history, its current status in the courts, the legislatures, the culture, and what we can expect   in the future. Hear from many of the leading and most dynamic voices who will help you be equipped with the knowledge you need. Be ready to ask questions of a panel of the speakers as well as a special panel guest, Senator Steve Newman. 
The purpose of this event is to educate students and community members about the legal status, significance and implications of upholding natural marriage in our legal system and in redefining it. Scholarly criticism and analysis of varying perspectives will be encouraged, but with an emphasis on equipping people with the knowledge of the importance of Biblical marriage in particular, and the ability to explain and defend their position. Experts will speak on topics related to marriage and the law and policy, including a panel where audience members can ask questions. The Speaker's List includes Bishop E.W. Jackson, President of S.T.A.N.D. and former VA Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation, Lynne Marie Kohm, Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law and a leading legal scholar on marriage, Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, Rena Lindevaldsen, Academic Dean of Liberty University School of Law and a leading legal scholar on marriage, Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C.  
Schedule of events:
  • 1:00   Opening Remarks
  • 1:15-1:45    Mat Staver - Founder/Chairman Liberty Counsel & Dean of Liberty University School of Law 
  • "Why it is important that Christians and conservatives take a strong stance on marriage"
  • 1:50-1:20    Peter Sprigg - Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Family Research Council in Washington D.C.  
  • "What's the harm in redefining Marriage?"
  • 2:25-2:55    Lynne Marie Kohm - Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law  
  • "Unpacking Windsor and Subsequent Cases with Implications for Family Law"
  • 3:00    Break
  • 3:20-3:50    Victoria Cobb ­- President of The Family Foundation     
  • "Love as the New Normal"
  • 3:55-4:25    Rena Lindevaldsen, Academic Dean of Liberty University School of Law   
  • "Marriage in 2014: How did we get here and where are we headed?"
  • 4:30-5:00    E.W. Jackson, President S.T.A.N.D. 
  • "The Attack on Marriage - Social Implications"
  • 5:00    Short Break
  • 5:15-6:00    Panel of Speakers, including special guest panelist Senator Steve Newman VA-23
  • 6:00-6:30    Reception in Mountain View Room
Directions to the law school from all of the main highways can be found at this link:http://www.liberty.edu/law/index.cfm/index.cfm?PID=9021.The address of the university is 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, VA. However, this is the general university address. Getting to the law school and parking will require further instructions. 

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