Litigation and Lactation: Role of the IBCLC in Legal Cases

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: yes

Imagine parents in a bitter custody dispute: Parent #1, who is not lactating, wants overnight visitation. Parent #2 is still breast/chestfeeding the Baby at night, and wants you to testify on their behalf. Can an IBCLC testify in court in this dispute? What if the Parent #1 is the party asking the IBCLC to testify? Can IBCLC be paid for her time to prepare for court; what happens if the case gets settled at the last minute? Does the IBCLC need a lawyer when serving as an expert? As our profession grows, more IBCLCs are finding themselves being asked to share their professional and clinical expertise in court cases. This session will examine the IBCLC’s legal and ethical responsibilities if asked to participate in a lawsuit involving lactation or a breast/chestfeeding parent’s rights. This one is for everyone: While Liz’s expertise is in American law, the concepts are universal, and the IBCLC practice-guiding documents are international in scope. At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to (1) Identify the IBCLC’s four practice-guiding documents describing legal and ethical obligations to a lactating patient/client; (2) Describe the difference between a fact witness and an expert witness in a legal case; (3) Understand factors preventing an IBCLC from serving as an expert witness in a lawsuit; and (4) Explain why it is not a conflict of interest for an expert witness to be compensated for working on a case



Liz Brooks JD IBCLC FILCA


Country: USA
Phone number: 215-836-9088
Email: ecbrks@yahoo.com
Site: http://www.lizbrooksibclc.com
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