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PAC Spring Seminar to Discuss Legal Implications of Biological Advances

The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will host its 2011 Spring Seminar on Thursday, April 28, at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. The keynote speaker is Joshua S. Rubenstein, Co-Managing Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, who will address the topic “Planning for Life After Death: Laws of Succession vs. the New Biology.”

Registration and networking begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and the program at noon.

While today’s advanced biological technology has opened new doors for human reproduction, it has also presented new challenges in the legal arena. Joshua Rubenstein’s illuminating presentation will examine the ability to control burial and the disposition of body parts, the posthumous use of genetic material, inheritance by posthumously procreated individuals, and exhumation for the purpose of genetic testing. He will also discuss how Jewish law considers such topics.

Rubenstein handles a wide variety of private client matters on local, national and international levels, including personal and estate planning, the administration of estates and trusts, and contested Surrogate’s Court and tax proceedings for high-net-worth individuals, professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and others with unique intellectual property interests. He is also an author and frequent lecturer on these topics. He is an academician, member of the Executive Council and Treasurer of the International Academy of Estates and Trusts Law (IAETL), a Fellow and Regent and incoming Chair of the International Committee of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC), an officer of the Family Law Section of the International Bar Association (IBA), a member of the U.K.-based Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and of the International Committee of the Real Property and Probate Section of the American Bar Association.

Rubenstein is a former adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and is the author of the LexisNexis AnswerGuide on New York Surrogate’s Court Practice. He serves on the editorial board of Warren’s Heaton and the conference advisory board of Legal Week. He has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, Kiplinger’s, Crain’s, New York Law Journal, The Washington Post and Citywealth and on broadcast and cable news programs such as FOX, Bloomberg and CNBC. Rubenstein received his BA magna cum laude from Columbia University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Couvert for the PAC Spring Seminar is $36, which is not tax-deductible. Dietary laws will be observed. There will be no solicitation of funds. To register, click here.

Chaired by Laura B. Kaplan, the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of more than 200 legal, accounting, finance and insurance professionals who offer guidance to The Foundation and serve as its ambassadors to the community. PAC is now in its 38th year of service and advocacy for Miami’s Jewish community. Many donors to The Foundation are clients of PAC members and have created legacies and endowments for the Jewish community. The Foundation sponsors seminars twice each year in appreciation of the extensive support it receives from professionals. The Foundation is chaired by John M. Bussel.

For more information, contact Pam DiGiacomo, PAC Director, at PAC@JewishMiami.org or 786.866.8627.

 

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