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New York Law Journal reports Fried Frank's recent pro bono victory

Fried Frank achieved a significant victory for pro bono client M.R. in the New York Court of Appeals on May 4, 2010. New York Law Journal reported on the Court's groundbreaking decision in Debra H. v. Janice R., holding that the nonbiological parent of a child born to a same-sex couple who had entered into a civil union in Vermont is the legal parent of the child under New York law. The couple entered into a civil union in Vermont before the child was born and raised him together for four-and-a-half years before litigation was commenced. The Court's lengthy opinion contains various concurrences but was unanimous in the result, which is that Debra H. is M.R.'s parent and therefore may seek custody and visitation with him. The case is now remanded for a hearing as to whether custody and visitation is in M.R.'s best interests. New York litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer and New York litigation associates Adam B. Gottlieb and Scott A. Thompson represent the child M.R., as co-counsel to the appointed attorney for the child.

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