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Assisted Reproductive Technology Contracts: Drafting Fundamentals

(965 Ratings)

Produced on: February 19, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 93 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) contracts include extremely complex and sensitive issues that prompt a number of drafting concerns for attorneys. In her third installment on ART, Colleen Quinn returns to guide attorneys through the important considerations surrounding ART contract drafting.  Ms. Quinn will provide an extensive road map that incorporates specific structural techniques that will help demystify the ART contract.  


In addition, she will provide practical examples and sample contract provisions to assist practitioners in drafting provisions covering everything from pre-screening representations, physical exams & psychological evaluations to labor notification, breaches and remedies.  Do not miss this thorough examination of ART contract drafting that both new and seasoned practitioners in the field will appreciate.   


Learning Objectives:

I.   Grasp the new world of family creation options

II.  Recognize the best choice of law options for your contract

III. Draft provisions surrounding: 

  • Pre-Screening Representations
  • Physical Exams & Psychological Evaluations 
  • Payments
  • Genetic Testing
  • Mishaps, Death or Disappearance of Intended Parents
  • Labor Notifications
  • Breaches and Remedies

IV. Identify Health Insurance Coverage Issues 

V. Identify Abortion and Selective Reduction Issues



Colleen Quinn

Locke Partin Deboer & Quinn

Faculty Spotlight

Honored with the Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award (2015), “Best Lawyers in America” (2014), “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2012-15), the YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government (2011), the “Hats Off to Women Award” by the ABWA Cavalier Chapter (2011), as “Super Lawyers” Top 100 (2012 & 2013) and Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-15) and Top 25 (2010 & 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50 (2013) and Top 25 (2012 & 2013) in Richmond, by Richmond magazine, by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (2010-14,2005), the “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly (2009), the Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award (2008), and a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-15), Colleen Marea Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and UVA Law School, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow, and serves on the Board of Trustees and is President-Elect, of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) and a Fellow, Founder, Executive Council and Membership Chair (2009-15) of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”), both are select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership.

She speaks frequently at AAAA-AAARTA Annual Meetings, was the 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair, the 2007 Annual Convention Chair, was on the AAAA ARTS Taskforce and Committee (2006-09), and Chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003). In 2003, she published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook.” She is the co-author of the Fifth and Fourth Editions of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book. She has served as a program chair, moderator and speaker for numerous adoption and ART seminars and programs. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She serves/has served as a certified Guardian ad Litem and is a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, the VA Equality Bar Association, the ABA ART & Adoption Committees, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (“ASRM), RESOLVE, AAJ and the VTLA.

Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, has achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell, is a Fellow of the LCA, and a member of the VTLA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ. She is a 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 (former Pres., Pres-Elect, VP, Sec. and Treas.) of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, and has served as a Chair and Co-Chair for numerous VTLA Committees.

Ms. Quinn devotes and has devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as the Creating a Family Board, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia Board of Directors, Go Red for Women, VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, LINC, and the Richmond YWCA (prior Advisory Council, President, Board member). 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.


Lauren T.

Very informative and easy to follow. Really enjoyable.

Edward P.

It is amazing how incredibly complicated theses contracts must be.

Juanita B.


James C.

Ms. Quinn gave such a detailed overview to ART contract drafting. She was very informative, knowledgeable, and an effective communicator. I agree with her that their needs to bee an Advanced ART contract drafting program in the near future. I highly recommend this to even non-ART contract drafters.

Jeffrey P.


Julie A. B.

Well done! The experience of the lecturer, Colleen Quinn, is obvious. Her intellectual firepower is awesome as she informs and explains a complex and specialized area of law.

Laura N.

Fabulous. Interesting. Easy to follow. Practical.

Dorrie W.

This was a fascinating presentation. I learned a great deal, and I think it's an exciting area of law.

R. Sean M.

Very informative and instructive on complex issues. Great Job.

Javier O.

She did an outstanding job presenting the material.

Eric P.


Fonda F.

Great speaker-- very personable and VERY knowledgeable.

Karen B.

Fascinating material!

Robert Z C.

Very informative. Not my area of practice, never will be. But still fascinating what is involved.

Cynthia L.

excellent speaker

Carrie M.

Great! Very informative

Robin B.

Great topic. Wonderful speaker.

pamela s.

Fabulous fabulous fabulous! I search for all her lectures. Colleen is top-notch.

Patt G.

excellent use of cartoons to make a point!

Melissa S.

This was highly informative and very entertaining!

Kelly A.


Megan H.

Fantastic course. Brought up lots of issues to look our for and to plan for.

Debbi Ann R.

Excellent course, and very informative.

A. P.

Quinn does it again!

Maureen S.

WOW What this woman knows about this area of law could make a whole law school course!

Cynthia R.


Lisa P.

Would love more programing on this topic. Advance ART contracting would be good.

Mary M.

super informative. great speaker

Lawrence J.

shoould be rated a 5. Really shows the importance of drafting with appropriate experience and input. So many bases to cover.

Anna J.

Great presentation. Very relevant and informative.

Zara W.

very interesting presentation, thank you.

Kavitha P.

Great lecture!

Melea B.

Excellent authority on the subject. An area about which I was not familiar.

Richard K.

Wonderful presentation of a complicated type of contract.

Cynthia B.

Excellent speaker.

Alexander W.

Very informative

Robert S.

A very clear overview of the area for practitioner without previous experience and may be asked generally for advise on these issues and to refer to expert. Found it valuable.

Patrick O.

A complete unfamiliar area of law but the speaker's excitement was infectious.

Kristina U.

Very interesting. I would recommend.

Melanie C.

Very useful! Lots of issues---what a good laundry list of what to plan!!

Perry H.

The speaker very knowledged and experienced in her field.

Michael C M.

fascinating. the speaker was excellent.

Lane W.

Phenomenal speaker. Her mastery of the ins and outs of the entire process is clear. Great program!

Bret L.

Surprisingly informative and useful course, even for those not practicing in this area.

Sue M. L.

This is a fascinating topic, with very helpful detailed hints. The slides were relevant and humorous as well.

Christopher C.

Great speaker and fantastic substance for a developing area of the law in many states including TN.

Richard L.


Heidi K.

this was VERY interesting!!

Curtis W.

Excellent. Really comprehensive! Kinda intimidating.

dynelle t.

excellent presentation!

Karen B.

Thank you, I truly enjoyed and was educated by this presentation.

Joshua C.

Very thorough class. Good sense of humor and extreme competence made this an easy one to learn from and held attention well.

Andrew S.

outstanding instructor

Devyn C.

Fantastic presentation. Well organized, clear and interesting,

Darwin K.


Beth B.

Very good! Loved it.

Robert H.

Excellent presenter.

Lisa B.

Great and very relevant subject matter.

Maria G.

Very interesting...should be some fascinating developments in this area.

Julie B.

Really well done. Extremely detailed and specific.

James T.

Good session.

Kimberly J.

Fantastic, a great topic with so many nuances, really enjoyed it.

Sally A.

Very informative.

Karen C.

Lots of great information

Danielle W.

This presenter was PHENOMENAL - among the best on Lawline! Engaging speaker, wonderful flow to presentation and well-organized, thorough and extremely informative material.

Charles C.

The speakers have been excellent lately.

mike l.

One of the best speakers offered by Lawline.

Scott C.

Excellent program!

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