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Sperm & Egg Donor & Surrogacy Contracts in California

Produced on January 31, 2019

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

This program will cover the basics that attorneys need to know when representing the parties involved in a sperm or egg donor contract or a surrogacy contract. First, the program will cover the medical logistics of sperm and egg donation, and then the nuts and bolts of contract drafting. Next, the program will discuss the logistics and issues with surrogacy and the contract drafting basics for those agreements. Finally, the presenters will discuss parental rights orders within the US, and parental orders for international parents. This program is geared towards attorneys representing LGBT clients or any couples seeking to expand their families by using donors or surrogates.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss medical logistics for sperm and egg donation and surrogacy and how these impact contract terms
  2. Advise donees and potential parents of their rights and liabilities
  3. Review parental orders in California, the US, and abroad

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Faculty

Molly O'Brien

The Law Offices of Molly O'Brien

Molly O’Brien has worked in the field of Assisted Reproduction since 2005.  In that time, she worked for an Egg Donation Agency and a Surrogacy Agency where she became familiar with all aspects of In-Vitro Fertilization and Egg Donation, including the financial aspects of surrogacy.  Since becoming an attorney in 2011, she has gained extensive experience in drafting and negotiating Surrogacy Contracts, Egg Donation and Sperm Donation Contracts, and Embryo Donation Contracts on behalf of her clients throughout the world.  Ms. O’Brien has also appeared before many local Judges to help both domestic and international couples finalize their parental rights, and has extensive experience in obtaining all documents necessary for her couples to return to their home country.

Through her dedication to the field of assisted reproduction, Ms. O’Brien received a Court appointment as Guardian Ad Litem for unborn children being born through surrogacy.

Molly O’Brien graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier Law School and was a published student author in the Whittier Law Review with her insightful article, An Intersection of Ethics and the Law: The Frozen Embryo Dilemma and the Chilling Choice Between Life and Death.

As a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), she serves on the Executive Board of the Legal Professional Group section of ASRM as the Secretary.  Additionally, Ms, O’Brien is a member of the ABA A.R.T. committee.





Richard Vaughn

International Fertility Law Group

Attorney Rich Vaughn combined his personal passion as a father of twin boys born via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with more than 20 years of experience in business and technology law to build International Fertility Law Group. Today IFLG is one of the most successful and best-known law firms in the world focused exclusively on fertility law, helping thousands of intended parents through empathetic listening, thoughtful and compassionate guidance, and unmatched legal expertise. As an advocate for reproductive freedom, Rich also contributes his knowledge and time to improving the understanding and practice of ART law. He is immediate past chair of the American Bar Association ART Committee, which develops model legislation governing assisted reproductive services, and is a popular presenter to law students, faculty and advocacy organizations all over the world.