Dear LPG Members:
I am excited and honored to be your Chair of the Legal Professional Group for the 2021-2022 year. I am so grateful to our previous Chairs and hope to build on what they have achieved for the LPG in the ten amazing years since our professional group began in 2009.
Over the past decade, the LPG Chairs have worked hard to expand and collaborate with the various professional and special interest groups within ASRM, as well as establish our own presence at ASRM. And I think the fruit of their labors is evident. Our membership is up from last year, and we continue to grow. We have a meaningful presence and this would not have happened without the hard work and support of our members.
From the beginning, the LPG Board launched various committees dedicated to expanding our purpose and mission, which is:
“The purpose of the Legal Professional Group is to work collaboratively with ASRM members to raise awareness of, and to clarify the legal issues surrounding, assisted reproductive technologies. The LPG’s mission is to promote ethical legal policies, practices, and protections for ART families, third party collaborators and providers. It also seeks to broaden access to health care for those affected by infertility, reproductive or genetic disorders, and other challenges to their family building goals. Through advocacy and education, the LPG strives to enhance and contribute to the development of sound law and ethical legal practice in this evolving field.”
Currently, we have seven committees: Bylaws, Electronic Communications, Nominating, Programming, Pro Bono, Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”), and Membership Outreach. These committees work on everything from collaboration with other professional groups, to developing courses for continuing education, to making the listserv more robust, to working on increasing membership; all with the objective of enriching and elevating your experience with ASRM and the LPG. As we have grown, our committees are evolving to meet the needs and wants of the LPG. This year we hope to implement a new committee focused on our membership outreach.
Furthermore, LPG has become an important part of the educational opportunities with ASRM. This year, at the in-person ASRM Scientific Congress in Baltimore, Maryland, and despite the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and whether an in-person meeting would ultimately occur, LPG members were involved with four (4) fascinating pre-congress courses, they led three (3) roundtables, they participated in one (1) plenary session, and they organized and led three (3) interactive and symposia concerning the law.
Our website has also been running well, and we have posted articles and many new resources for LPG members and colleagues. We encourage all of you to utilize the website to find and share resources that help us maintain the highest possible ethical standards for our amazing field.
We are also working on “spotlighting” two LPG members each month by introducing them to the entire LPG community via our listserv. We will be reaching out to members at random each month requesting a very brief bio to be used in our listserv introduction. We encourage all members to participate when you receive such email.
The LPG Board meets monthly in an ongoing attempt to maximize benefit to you, our members, and expand our presence within ASRM. As always, we are looking for your input and help in continuing to improve the LPG. If you are interested in serving on any of our committees, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Amani T. Hanson, J.D., M.B.A
LPG Chair 2021-2022