Assisted Reproductive Technology Law: The New World of Family Formation (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 11/30/2020


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the November 2017 webcast, Assisted Reproductive Technology Law: The New World of Family Formation.

Why Attend?

This seminar will give an overview to lawyers and other legal professionals of the area of assisted reproductive technology (“ART”) law and, in particular, how this new world of family building works in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The program will present practical examples, ethical obligations, best practices, and tips for the novice or unwary.

Topics to be covered include:

  • An overview of the various aspects and types of building or forming families through ART
  • The interplay of attorneys, clients, fertility clinics or medical providers, and programs (whether surrogacy or donor programs)
  • Federal regulations and other industry guidelines or guidance
  • Applicable statutes and case law in Virginia with regard to ART law and how they actually work, interface, or conflict
  • Prerequisites and fundamentals in contract drafting
  • How ART law impacts many other areas of family and health care law
  • Practicing ART law ethically and what we have learned from contested cases

Families are being formed and built in many different ways today — but with family formation through assisted reproductive technology (“ART”) now surpassing family formation through adoption as a method outside of traditional means. Family law and health care law practitioners need to ethically and knowledgably advise clients not only on ART as a form of family building, but also on their rights, responsibilities, and liabilities. With this new area of law, technology is far outpacing the promulgation of laws and statutes. With such abrupt and evolving change, practitioners must broaden their knowledge and improve their tool sets.

This seminar will provide legal professionals, especially those practicing in the areas of family law, adoption, and health care, with an overview of the ART world, a framework in which to operate, and some practical advice. It will be taught with deference to ethical obligations and best practices.





Colleen M. Quinn, Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center at Locke & Quinn, PLC / Richmond

Colleen M. Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, agencies, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers, donors, and clinics since 1989. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and University of Virginia School of Law, she clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow and the immediate Past-President of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (“AAAA”), just recently known as the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”). She has served on the Board of Trustees (2006-10, 2013-present) and on the Family Formation Charitable Trust Board (2016-18), as well as Chair of the Finance, Revenue, Awards, and Investment Committees (2013-16), Grievance Chair (2015-16), Webinar Chair (2013-15), on AAARTA Executive Council and as Membership Chair (2009-15), as 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair and 2007 Annual Convention Chair, is an AAARTA Founder (2009), was on the ARTS Committee (2006-09), chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003), and published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook” (2003). She is the co-author of the fifth and fourth editions of the Virginia CLE® publication Adoption Procedures and Forms: A Guide for Virginia Lawyers, serves/has served: as program chair and speaker for numerous international and national adoption and ART seminars/programs; as an expert witness in adoption and surrogacy law; as a certified Guardian ad Litem; as a Fellow of LCA, a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, the VA Equality Bar Association, the ABA ART and Adoption Committees, ASRM, RESOLVE, AAJ, RBA, VSB, and VTLA (serving as Chair/Co-Chair for many Committees).

Ms. Quinn is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including: the Richmond NAWBO “Entrepreneur of the Year” award (2016), Top Women in the Law (in Family Law and Personal Injury) by “Best Lawyers in America” (2016-17), Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award (2015), “Best Lawyers in America” (2014-18), “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2012-17), the Richmond YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law and Government (2011), the “Hats Off to Women Award” by ABWA Cavalier Chapter (2011), as “Super Lawyers” Top 100 (2012 & 2013) and Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-17) and Top 25 (2010 and 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50 (2013) and Top 25 (2012 and 2013) in Richmond, by Richmond magazine, by Virginia Business magazine as Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (2010-16, 2005), a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2009), the Congressional CCAI “Angels in Adoption” award (2008), LDS Family Services Award of Appreciation in 2006 for Adoption Legislation Initiatives, and a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-17).

Ms. Quinn is a partner and equity owner in her firm of Locke & Quinn, winner of the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents “2015 Litigator Award” featured on CNN and “Best Law Firms in America” 2015-18, and recipient of an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell. She is Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, Past-Secretary of the Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, Past-Chairman of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, Past-President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, and has served/serves on the Boards of Creating a Family, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia, and the Richmond YWCA (prior Advisory Council and President). She contributes/has contributed to AHA Go Red for Women, Bon Secours Fleur de Le Society (2013 to present), College of William & Mary Robert Boyle Legacy Society and Bell Society (Milestone Member), VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force and LINC. She is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a Lifetime Girl Scout member and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, mountain bikes, and teaches aerobics.

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