Lewis Speaks to Female Judges about Intestacy and Nontraditional Families

Professor Browne Lewis

Professor Browne Lewis

C|M|LAW Professor Browne Lewis recently spoke at the annual meeting of the National Association of Female Judges in New Orleans.  The audience consisted of female judges from the United States and several other countries.  Her talk focused upon the need for legislatures to change the intestacy system to accommodate nontraditional families.  She argued that judges should be given the flexibility to consider the best interests of the children when designating the heirs of the estate of a person who dies without executing a will.  For example, the current intestacy system negatively impacts children who are born into same-sex families.   In order to accomplish that judges should be able to expand the definition of legal parent to include adults who have parental-type relationships with children.

After her presentation, Professor Lewis signed and sold copies of her book, Papa’s Baby: Paternity and Artificial Insemination.

Information about the event is at:

http://www.nawj.org/annual_2013.asp.

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