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The MSBA's Children and the Law, Family and Tax Law Sections and the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Present:


"The Marriage Amendment - Exploring the Potential Impacts on Law and Life and the Children in the Law Section's Annual Meeting"

With Minnesota approaching a historic vote on the proposed Marriage Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, the time is now to explore the full impact it would have on individuals, families, and the legal practitioners representing them. This CLE offers a primer on the Marriage Amendment, as well as a panel discussion about how approval of the proposed amendment – or, alternatively, a rejection of the amendment – could impact the areas of family law, child law and tax law now and in the future.


Melissa Houghtaling 
Melissa grew up in small town South Dakota and the sense of family, community, service and loyalty that experience developed plays an integral part in the way she practices law. Committed, consistent and cost effective representation is key to Melissa's legal practice. She incorporates all of this into her practice areas of family law, estate planning for traditional and non-traditional families, probate/estate administration, adoption, housing and general civil litigation. Melissa is a frequent lecturer on family law and estate planning for non-traditional families. She is co-author of the Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families Desk Book, published by Minnesota CLE.

J. Lindsay Flint  
J. Lindsay Flint graduated from Bethel College and spent nine years as a child protection worker in Washington and Dakota Counties. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1989 and worked for a year as a Special Assistant County Attorney in the Juvenile and Family Division of the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. She then started her private practice focusing on family law, estate planning and adoptions. During this time, she and her partner, Terry, a Ramsey County Child Protection Worker, provided treatment foster care for four youth, one of whom identified as lesbian and another as transgender. In 2011 she began her current position as Director of Legal Services at Cancer Legal Line, a Minnesota non-profit providing legal information, referrals and services to people with cancer. She still handles adoptions and some estate planning in her free time. At various times, she has served on the boards of Lambda Justice Center, Rainbow Families, and Out for Equity.

Beverly Luther 
Beverly Luther is Associate Counsel at Ameriprise Financial, and is Treasurer of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. Bev provides international corporate tax planning expertise to Ameriprise, as well as tax content review and tax law updates for financial advisor material relating to non-traditional family clients. Bev is co-author of the tax chapter of the Minnesota Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families Deskbook. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, and J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

2 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE credits applied for
Event Code: 168658



Date:   Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Children and the Law Annual Meeting
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - CLE
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Social at Atlas Grill

Location:   Fredrikson & Byron, PA
200 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Children in the Law, Family or Tax Section Members and Lavender Bar Members:  $10.00
MSBA Members (But Not Children in the Law, Family or Tax Section Members):  $15.00
Law Students:  Free
Non-MSBA Members:  $20.00

Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate that you will be joining by teleconference when registering online or contact Tamara Patton at or (612) 278-6305 on or before May 14th. Instructions will be sent out on May 15th via email.


Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336