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The Arkansas Law Review and the University of Arkansas School of Law will host a symposium on the Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. in the UA lawschool courtroom.  Professor Mark Strasser of Capital University School of Law and Professor Lynn Wardle of Brigham Young University Law School will be on hand to speak about the constitutionality of Arkansas' Initiated Act One.  Representativse from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Family Council will also be there to speak.
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, FAYETTEVILLE—SCHOOL OF LAW

The Arkansas Law Review is hosting a symposium on the Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban November 5, 2009, from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the University of Arkansas School of Law Courtroom. The event has been approved by the Arkansas CLE Board for two hours of general CLE credit. Professor Mark Strasser of Capital University School of Law and Professor Lynn Wardle of Brigham Young University Law School will speak on the constitutionality of what was Arkansas’s Initiated Act 1 of the 2008 general election. A representative from Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families and a representative from the Family Council Action Committee will also speak. A reception will follow in the law school atrium.

The symposium will address the legal and political issues surrounding what was Initiated Act 1, as well as the national context in which it was passed. It will represent a balanced presentation of the various viewpoints on this widely debated issue. Some have viewed this law as strengthening the foundation of families so that children are raised with proper moral role models of married parents. Others have viewed the law as unrightfully discriminating against homosexuals who are unable to marry under the laws of Arkansas. Still others have viewed the law as hurting the interests of children who could otherwise be adopted by unmarried couples. The array of speakers will address these topics and following the symposium the Arkansas Law Review will dedicate one issue of its publication to scholarly works surrounding this topic.

The Arkansas Law Review is hosting this symposium in correlation with its launch of an online presence at arkansaslawreview.org and twitter.com/arklawrev. The new online features will enable the legal community to access current law review articles for free online and find out how to submit articles for publication consideration.

For more information on the symposium, please visit arkansaslawreview.org or contact Samantha Leflar at sblassi@uark.edu, or David Mitchell at dmitchel@uark.edu.

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