Disposition of Cryopreserved Embryos: Now That You Have Them, Can You Use Them?

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Produced on: August 22, 2016

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

For some women having a child is the single most important issue they face as adults. Each year thousands of women rely on the medical technology, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which provides them with the opportunity to have a child. As a result of IVF there are over six hundred thousand embryos being cryopreserved in the United States. Where the embryos were created using the gametes of the woman’s partner or spouse, and that relationship disrupts, the legal obstacles that prevent her from using the embryos to have a child may be her biggest challenge yet, even when the embryos represent the woman’s only opportunity to have a genetically related child.

This course is presented by Nina Rumbold & Denise Seidelman, partners in the law firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP which concentrates in reproductive law, together with Joni Mantell, LCSW, a psychotherapist and the Executive Director of the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss IVF, including the reasons women rely on it to preserve their fertility as well as the emotional dimensions of creating embryos
  2. Describe the documentation signed at medical clinics relating to the disposition of embryos and why it is inadequate to protect the respective interests of the participants
  3. Address the legal issues arising with respect to the disposition of cryopreserved embryos
  4. Identify the varying and inconsistent approaches courts and legislatures take to resolve legal disputes relating to the disposition of embryos
  5. Recognize potential legislative solutions
  6. Understand what attorneys can do to guide their clients through this confusing and emotionally challenging legal landscape

Faculty

Denise E. Seidelman

Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP

Denise E. Seidelman, Esq. is a Partner in the firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP and has been practicing exclusively in the areas of adoption and reproductive law since 1996.  Denise is a member of the leading organizations in the adoption and reproductive law fields including: The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AARTA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association.  She a member of the Board of Trustees of AAAA/AAARTA and a member of the Board of Directors for Path2Parenthood a not-for-profit organization providing free education on issues relating to reproductive health and infertility prevention.   

Denise is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Washington College of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and also admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

She has lectured on Adoption Law and Reproductive Law as a member of the faculties of the ABA Family Law Section, Practicing Law Institute, the New York Judicial Institute, the Center For Adoption Policy, and the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education. She is a regular speaker at the APC annual adoption conference. Denise is a member of New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation (NYAAFF), an organization which advocates for legislative reform in the areas of adoption and reproductive law. She is also a major contributor to The Child-Parent Security Act, proposed legislation which seeks to reform New York’s laws regarding the parentage of children born through assisted reproductive technology.


Nina E. Rumbold

Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP

Nina E. Rumbold, Esq., is a Partner in the firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP practicing exclusively in the areas of adoption and reproductive law. Nina is a member of the leading organizations in the adoption and reproductive law fields including: The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AARTA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association.

 

Nina received her Juris Doctor degree from New York University Law School and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She has lectured on Adoption Law and Reproductive Law as a member of the faculties of the ABA Family Law Section, Practicing Law Institute, the New York Judicial Institute and the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education. She is also a regular speaker at the Adoptive Parents Committee annual conference.

 

A current member and former President of New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation (NYAAFF), an organization which advocates for legislative reform in the areas of adoption and reproductive law, Nina is a major contributor to The Child-Parent Security Act, proposed legislation which seeks to reform New York’s laws regarding the parentage of children born through assisted reproductive technology.

Joni S. Mantell

IAC Center

Joni S. Mantell, LCSW, Director of the IAC Center is a psychotherapist and recognized authority on the psychological and social aspects of family building through fertility treatments, sperm and egg donation, gestational carrier arrangements and adoption.

She holds an MSW degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certification in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in NYC.  She has specialized in fertility and adoption since 1993.

In 2002 she founded the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center in New Jersey and New York City to provide a safe and professionally guided place for people whose lives have been touched by adoption, fertility treatments, and third party reproductive options. Counselors at the Center are trained in a unique lifelong short-term therapy model developed by IAC Center Director Joni Mantell. This model successfully teaches people coping skills to deal with the emotional, social and relationship issues that may occur during the family building process and over the course of the life cycle. The Center also works with all adoption triad members and provides open adoption mediations.

Ms. Mantell also does the psychosocial evaluations for two local Fertility Clinics for patients planning to use donor sperm or egg, or gestational carriers; and in this context has also worked with a hundreds of heterosexual and same-sex couples; and singles considering these options.

Ms. Mantell is a frequent writer and contributor to the "Ask the Expert" column for Adoptive Families magazine where she is particularly known for her expertise in helping individuals and couples to emotionally ‘Cross the Bridge to Adoption’; and for her capacities to integrate and to differentiate adoption, child development and other psychological issues in her understanding of each individual and family situation. Most recently she wrote the “Open Adoption Reference Guide” for the magazine. 

She is an active Professional member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, RESOLVE and the American Fertility Association. 

To learn more about Joni and the IAC Center please visit: www.IACCenter.com


Reviews

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Andrew S.

Extremely balanced and well presented

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Eliot E.

Really good presentation

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Susan T.

Very interesting topic

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Kathleen B.

Very interesting program & well-done

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Martha P.

Great presentation!

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Sidonie W.

Excellent.

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John D.

Very informative and explained very well. I do not practice in this area, but the presenters conveyed the information in a way that was easily understood.

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