Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference 2017

June 20-23, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario

Program is subject to changes.

Biography

Ms. Sara Cohen

Toronto ON
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, but with clients throughout Canada and beyond. Sara is the founder of Fertility Law Canada and a partner at D2Law LLP where her practice is exclusively devoted to fertility law. She approaches fertility law with the compassion, empathy and respect it deserves.

After honing her skills in the commercial litigation group at one of Canada's preeminent national firms on Bay Street, Sara made the leap and translated her passion into a career. Sara regularly acts on behalf of intended parents, surrogate mothers, egg donors, sperm donors, embryo donors, and other people involved with reproductive technologies. Sara is frequently before the Ontario courts in obtaining declarations of parentage and non-parentage on behalf of intended parents, both Canadian and international. She also provides legal advice to domestic and international fertility clinics, hospitals, cryobanks and businesses in the fertility industry. Sara's passion is to help build families and she considers herself very fortunate to have such a fulfilling career.

Sara is an adjunct professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School where she teaches reproductive law, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Attorneys (AAARTA), as well as the only Canadian representative on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section, ART Committee. She is the Legal Co-Chair of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), and the legal representative on the Ethics Committee at TRIO Fertility, one of the largest and most well-respected fertility clinics in Canada. Sara was the co-chair of the first and second national conferences on fertility law in Canada, and was recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. Sara is also a long term Director of Canadian Friends of Haifa University.

Sara has been widely quoted in the media about issues relating to fertility law in Canada, including CBC, CTV, National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Global News, and Macleans. She is an in-demand speaker both domestically and abroad, having been invited to speak and lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School, Suffolk University Law School, McGill University Law School, McMaster University, University of Toronto, American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, Osgoode Professional Development, Law Society of Upper Canada, American Bar Association, CLE BC, Merck, Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, Ontario Bar Association, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario and Southwestern Ontario Donor Conception Network. Sara also writes widely about fertility law issues and has been published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, the Huffington Post, Pink and Teal, Lawyers Weekly and Creating Families. She is the winner of a 2012 Clawbie for Best New Blog, Fertility Law Canada Blog and the 2013 Precedent Setter Award. Sara is an advocate for all parties involved in third party reproductive technology. Sara loves what she does and it shows!

Disclosure

1. I do not have an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a pharmaceutical, medical device or communications organization.

2. I do not intend to make therapeutic recommendations for medications that have not received regulatory approval (i.e. “off-label” use of medication).