Hamline Events

The Defense of Marriage Act: Its Current and Future Effects on Taxes, Immigration and Employment

Date: March 20, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Please email Deb Lange at dlange@hamline.edu to reserve your spot.
Location: Room 105
Sponsor: Stonewall Alliance and the Business Law Student Association
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For the purposes of federal programs and benefits, Article III of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (“DOMA”) defines marriage as being between one man and woman. This definition allows the federal government to deny benefits to gay and lesbian couples married in states that recognize their union. This year the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of United States v. Windsor, challenging Article III.

This panel presentation will focus on three areas of law – tax law, immigration law, and employment law. Local experts will explore DOMA’s current effect on each of these areas, and will speculate on the possible ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision.

This CLE is directly related to the practice of law, and is designed to educate attorneys to identify and eliminate from the legal professional and from the practice of law, biases against persons because of sexual orientation. The goal of this CLE is to educate attendees about the elimination of bias on the basis of sexual orientation in the legal profession, the practice of law, and in the administration of justice. In particular, presenters will explore barriers to the full participation in the legal system of gay and lesbian individuals. Panelists will focus on particular areas of law, including tax, immigration and employment.


Jason Marisam (moderator) teaches Constitutional Law and Administrative Law at Hamline University School of Law. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. Before joining Hamline, Marisam was the Kauffman Legal Research Fellow in residence at Harvard Law School.

Morgan Holcomb teaches Taxes and Torts at Hamline University School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on issues of taxation, with an emphasis on individual income tax, gender, and LGBT tax issues. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and serves on the Board of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and the Minnesota Law Review Alumni Advisory Board.

Celeste Culberth represents individuals in employment and civil rights cases and provides legal advice and training to companies regarding their employment practices. She graduated cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, and she is the past co-chair of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association.

Angela Bortel is an immigration attorney in Minneapolis. A graduate from the University of California Law School, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), she represents a variety of immigration clients, including those who are LGBTQ identified.

Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

1 elimination of bias CLE credit will be applied for.

Hamline University
School of Law, Room 105
1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104