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A Practical Guide to Civil Unions

Supported by the Hawaii LGBT Legal Association.

Citizens for Equal Rights and Lambda Law Student Association sponsor:

A Practical Guide to Civil Unions
Legal experts in taxes, estate planning, family law, and civil unions will address your questions
Friday, April 15
Classroom 3
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (pupus from 5:30, talk starts at 6:30)

To register or for more information, email
There is no fee but RSVP requested for planning purposes.

* How do I get a civil union?
* If we get a civil union will my adopted children automatically become my partner's children?
* Will I need a pre-nuptial agreement before I enter a civil union?
* How will having a civil union affect the title to property we own?
* What are the tax advantages to me if I get a civil union?
* What happens to my RB if I get a civil union?
* I'm already married in another state, so what do I need to do for a civil union in Hawaii?
* If I get a civil union can I add my partner to my company's medical plan?

Answers to questions like these and many more will be addressed by our panel.
Send your questions in advance to


Leila Sullivan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1997, and her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. After law school, she clerked at the Hawaii Supreme Court with Justice Simeon Acoba, Jr., and then worked in private practice. She has been a Research Attorney with Senate Majority Research Office since 2009. In the course of her work with the Senate, she has spent considerable time researching issues related to civil unions.

Marianita Lopez is a Family Law practitioner, licensed in Hawaii and New York. Lopez has also practiced criminal and administrative law in New York City. She has always been an avid supporter of the Bill of Rights and enjoys contributing her time and talents to supporting and strengthening the ACLU of Hawaii. Lopez has served on the ACLU H of Hawaii Board since 2007.

Lee M. Yarbrough, a licensed Attorney and Certified Public Accountant, currently practices law in Honolulu with an emphasis in Estate Planning for individuals and couples. Mr. Yarbrough's career experience includes Public Accounting, financial and accounting management in private industry, general business consulting, and Public Interest law with an emphasis in Taxation. Mr. Yarbrough earned Bacherlor's and Master's degrees in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of law at the University of Hawaii - Manoa.

Fri Apr 15, 2011