This session will address the potential problems and pitfalls in creating a family through the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology for opposite and same-sex families — and the value of parentage agreements in creating clarity for all parties. This discussion-based session will focus on real life experiences of people who have used ART in this manner.
Rachel Hope’s new book Family by Choice is the first practical, fully comprehensive guide to Partnered Parenting and alternative to conventional marriage and family. Rachel herself has a 23 year old son and a 5 year old daughter, both from thriving parenting partnerships. Drawing on her own experience as a mom — as well as her work as a public speaker and a coach to hundreds of prospective parents – Rachel is superbly qualified to explain all the possibilities now for families by choice.
Jason Patric has starred in some of the most popular and acclaimed movies of the last 30 years, including The Lost Boys, Sleepers, Rush and Narc. He has recently been an advocate for father’s rights and reforming laws pertaining in vitro fertilization. Jason Patric shares with his audiences, his struggle to get custody of his son and reform the laws for sperm donor parents. Patric details his own experience with being denied parental rights over legal loopholes that apply to in vitro fertilization and how fathers rights are being trampled by being labelled as “sperm donors.”
Fred Silberberg is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California and has been practicing family law exclusively for the past 26 years. While a seasoned trial attorney, at the same time he has great sensitivity to the emotional and psychological needs of his clients. While handling adoption proceedings for his clients, he was astounded by the difficulty of the surrogacy arrangement process. He founded Future Family Starter to offer medical, legal, and surrogacy services all in one place. It’s his mission to make this complex, emotional and expensive process go smoothly and successfully for prospective parents.
Allison Hope Weiner
Allison Hope Weiner was a Century City entertainment litigator before she began writing about Hollywood as a journalist.
A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Southern California Law Center, she joined the legendary firm of Wyman, Bautzer — where she represented entertainers and corporate media clients. After leaving Wyman and spending four years at another West Side law firm, Ms. Weiner began writing freelance articles about the business of entertainment for Los Angeles Magazine, George, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and Buzz. Hired byEntertainment Weekly in 2001, she covered the industry for five years, writing cover stories and features, and reporting many articles for the magazine’s must-read annual Power List.
Ms. Weiner landed exclusives such as an interview with James Gandolfini during his contentious contract dispute with HBO over “The Sopranos”; the only print interview with Paul Reubens after his plea deal for possession of child pornography; and access to the personal files of Bonnie Lee Bakeley, the actor Robert Blake’s slain wife, for a piece about how Bakeley’s obsession with celebrities led to her death. Weiner left Entertainment Weekly as a senior writer in 2005 to report for The New York Times, beginning with a Styles section profile of the legendary Hollywood lawyer Bert Fields, a subject of the Pellicano investigation.
For the past few years she has written about the investigation into Anthony Pellicano, landed an exclusive interview with Mel Gibson and delved behind the scenes in Hollywood to write revealing stories about the drug use and untimely death of the model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey and the criminal investigation into the turbulent world of the Los Angeles paparazzi.