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In the Community – 2014

November 16, 2014 at Happy Bambino, Madison, Wisconsin

Family Equality Council’s “Maybe Baby – Wisconsin 2014″ Event

Attorney Emily Dudak Taylor will be at Happy Bambino this Sunday, November 16, 2014, to talk about post-Wolf family formation issues. Please come join her and other ART professionals at the Family Equality Council’s “Maybe Baby – Wisconsin… 2014” event! The workshop is free and is designed to help people who are LGBTQ thinking about starting or growing their family. The event runs from 1 to 5 PM, and Emily will be speaking shortly after 1 PM. For more information, please see the link below. Note that RSVPs are required.



November 13-14, 2014 at Heidel House Resort, Green Lake, Wisconsin

Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA) Annual Conference Presents “Safe and Successful Schools: The School Social Worker’s Role”

This Thursday, November 13, 2014, The Law Center’s Attorney Matthew Giesfeldt will be presenting at the Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA) Annual Fall Conference, “Safe and Successful Schools: The School Social Worker’s Role” at the Heidel House Resort and Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin. In his presentation, “Protecting Children at School: Bullying, Search and Seizure, and Special Education,” Matthew will give educators a “crash course” in the legal requirements for anti-bullying policy in schools, search and seizure laws as applied to students, and updates in various laws as applied to students. School social workers and teachers must stay current on this evolving legal landscape relating to children at school; bullying is becoming less tolerated, fear of weapons and violence at schools has escalated, and special education requirements are becoming more difficult to meet due to budget cuts and high stake testing. We are very excited about Matthew’s opportunity to provide his insight on such critical topics for children. For more information on how to attend the event and/or Matthew’s presentation, please visit http://www.wsswa.org/.


Attorney Nancy L. Winter Named to Board of Dane County CASA, Inc.

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Nancy L. Winter of The Law Center, S.C. in Madison, Wisconsin, has been named as a member of the Board of Directors of Dane County CASA, Inc. “CASA” (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit corporation that enlists citizen volunteers to advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children who are unsafe at home and must live temporarily under the jurisdiction of the courts and the supervision of the county child welfare system.


Emily Dudak Taylor Named Partner

The Law Center for Children and Families is pleased to announce that Emily Dudak Taylor has been named a partner of the firm.  Emily began working at The Law Center as an associate attorney in 2005 after graduating from Tulane Law School and moving from New Orleans. Her practice focuses on immigration for children and families, and LGBT issues including adoption, assisted reproductive technology, parentage, guardianship, contracts and estate and tax planning. She writes and speaks locally and nationally in her practice areas. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. She is also a member of the National LGBT Bar Association, The LGBT Family Law Institute and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. During law school Emily externed for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Honorable Sarah S. Vance of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


Founding Partner, Judith Sperling-Newton Receives 2014 Allies for Justice Award

We are pleased to announce that Judith Sperling-Newton, a founding partner of our law firm, has been chosen to receive a 2014 Allies for Justice Award from the National LGBT Bar Association.  The award is given to attorneys who have “allied with the LGBT community and made noteworthy contributions to the struggle for civil rights and equality.”  She is being recognized for her tireless efforts to better Wisconsin family law for LGBT families, and as Director of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and Past-President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, for bringing attorneys together from around the country to improve legal services for LGBT families nationwide.  Judy will receive the award in Boston at the American Bar Association’s Annual Conference on August 8, 2014.  Senator Tammy Baldwin supported Judy’s nomination and wrote a very moving letter, which we share here.  We are so proud of Judy.  Please join us in congratulating her.


AAAA Hails Passage of Accuracy for Adoptees Act

As a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Emily Dudak Taylor drafted and helped pass the Accuracy for Adoptees Act, which President Obama signed into law on January 16, 2014. Read more about the Accuracy for Adoptees Act.