In the wake of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's historic ruling declaring the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, Attorney Tamara Packard is leading the effort to ensure that same-sex couples are able to marry in Wisconsin. She was part of a team in Dane County that prepared for the possibility that the federal court would strike down the ban and enable marriages to begin immediately. When that possibility became a reality on June 6, Dane County was ready to comply with the law and issued over 130 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first 24 hours.
On March 25, Attorney Tamara Packard presented a continuing legal education seminar to members of the Dane County Bar Association entitled "First Comes Windsor, Then Comes Marriage: What It Means for Wisconsin Same-Sex Couples." Packard is partner here at Pines Bach LLP, where she practices civil litigation, primarily employment. In her presentation, she discussed and analyzed last summer's United States Supreme Court decision United States v. Windsor and how that decision and its application affect same-sex couples in Wisconsin. You can download the outline here.