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New York’s highest court Tuesday unanimously granted parental rights to a woman whose former partner blocked her from spending time with the child the two women had raised together since birth. The Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Court of Appeals in the case, Debra H. […]

Kathleen Cochrane is s 2008 graduate of Columbia Law School, and is now an associate at Sullivan and Cromwell, after having clerked for the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit.  Her firm served as co-counsel with the ACLU in a recent case in Arkansas, and she offers these thoughts on […]

The New York Court of Appeals is currently weighing issues of critical importance to families around the state of New York in the matter of Debra H. v. Janice R. The petitioner in the case, Debra H., seeks to prevent the possibility that she may never again see the child she parented since birth.  Respondent, […]

The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico is currently considering whether Puerto Rico’s laws permit the adoption of a child by a non-biological parent who is the same-sex partner of the child’s legally recognized parent.  Such adoptions are typically referred to as “second-parent” adoptions because they occur in situations where the child already has a legally […]

Friday the Iowa Supreme Court held unanimously that the state’s definition of marriage – a union of a man and a woman – violated the Iowa Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.  This is the first court to do so unanimously, and the first mid-western court to do so.  No more can marriage traditionalists dismiss the idea […]

News Flash: the Iowa Supreme Court has announced that it will release its decision in the same sex marriage case, Varnum v. Brien, tomorrow at 8:30 am (CST).  The decision will be available here. – Katherine Franke

Last Thursday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in Strauss v. Horton, the case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. For those of you who missed it, you can watch all three hours of it here (fast forward 15 minutes to skip the Cal. Sup. Ct. promo and get to the real argument). This is […]

Yesterday, the Gender and Sexuality Law Program kicked off its spring 2009 colloquium with the presentation and discussion of Professor Anna Marie Smith’s paper entitled “Reproductive Technology, Family Law, and the Post-welfare State: The California Same-Sex Parents’ Rights ‘Victories’ of 2005.“ Professor Smith’s article touches on several facets of parental rights and its intersection with […]

Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Director and co-Director of the Gender and Sexuality Law Program, Suzanne Goldberg, has recently published a new essay discussing the significance of the Allison D. v. Virginia M. case – the first case to come before the New York State Court of Appeals raising the rights of […]



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