Tiffany Palmer, Esq., will address contemporary families and evolving legal recognition as part of Jefferson’s Dietrich V. Asten Lecture Series on April 9. The founder and shareholder of Jerner and Palmer P.C. focuses her practice on LGBTQ family law, adoption and assisted reproductive technology. She’s also the director of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association.
Her landmark Sherri Shepherd surrogacy case garnered national media attention and posed the question in Pennsylvania whether surrogacy contracts are legally enforceable, even against the will of a person who changes her mind and no longer wants to parent the child conceived through assisted reproduction. Palmer successfully argued the case to expand the law in Pennsylvania for families who use assisted reproduction through surrogacy to conceive.
To be an ally to the LGBTQ community, Palmer said the University community should continue to offer LGBTQ-relevant programming and courses, mindfully include the LGBTQ community in all diversity offices, make sure LGBTQ students, faculty and staff know where they can report bias incidents, and include gender identity in all non-discrimination statements and policies. Jefferson’s Unity Week runs through April 6. See here for more info.