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Domestic partner benefits are subject of presentation at UIS

April 3, 2008

Contact: Natalia Vera, 217/299-0836, nvera01s@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD - "Domestic Partner Benefits: A Matter of Equity" is the subject of a presentation beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Brookens Auditorium is located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

Both the presentation and a reception immediately following are free and open to the public.

The program will feature a panel discussion designed to serve as an introductory session for anyone interested in the legal and fiscal implications of domestic partner benefits – especially health insurance – however, the specific focus will be on benefits available to employees of state colleges and universities. Ashley Krstulovich, research and publications coordinator with the State University Annuitants Association, will moderate.

Various federal and state laws currently extend over 1,300 rights, protections, and responsibilities only to married couples and their families. Panelists will analyze the rationale for extending domestic partner benefits, as well as the disparities between benefits offered to "traditional” and “non-traditional" couples.

Sponsors are the UIS Pre-Law Center and the SUAA.

UIS' Pre-Law Center serves as an informational resource for UIS and community college students who are considering a career in law or a related field.

For more information, contact Pre-Law Center Graduate Assistant Natalia Vera at 217/299-0836.



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