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Attorney Elizabeth Schwartz to speak of ‘Rights of Unmarried Couples’ March 26 at Miami Beach Women’s Conference

08jan2010_lizschwartz_0016 Miami Beach attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, a member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and an honoree for this year's Women Worth Knowing of the Miami Beach Women's Conference, will speak 3:30 p.m. about the Rights of Unmarried Couples on Friday, March 26, at the Miami Beach Convention Center as part of the Women's Conference.

From Silvia Guzman, a volunteer with the Miami Beach Women's Conference:

“Yes, I know this is titled Women's Conference but it is open to everyone, not just women. This talk is of interest to the gay and lesbian community to know what their rights are when living with a partner, since there is no legal marriage for gay and lesbian couples in South Florida, but of course the talk also applies to any couples not married.” …

“There is also a luncheon earlier in the day at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden with at least 10 chefs, and that's only $25. Here is our website www.womensexhibit.com.”

Guzman also provided a short bio of Schwartz:

Elizabeth F. Schwartz is currently in her twelfth year of law practice. Her work includes assisting with the legal aspects of adoption, insemination and surrogacy. Elizabeth’s practice focuses on traditional and non-traditional families, estate planning and probate, as well as divorce and creative conflict resolution. She is a certified family mediator, she treats the law as a therapeutic profession, helping clients protect their families and facilitating relationship dissolution with minimal investment of emotional and financial resources.  With an emphasis on addressing the unique legal needs of the gay community, Elizabeth lectures locally and nationally about family formation issues and the importance of gay couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning and contract.  Among her many professional affiliations, Elizabeth is a chair of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyer’s Association of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Second Vice President of the Miami Beach Bar Association. Elizabeth is also a founding member on the board of the Aqua Foundation for Women (formerly known as the Women’s Community Fund), raising money by and for South Florida’s lesbian community, and the Collaborative Family Law Institute, an organization reforming the divorce process.  A native of Miami Beach, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami, in 1997.

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