Before I Do A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise, by Elizabeth F. Schwartz

Book Tour Events

The following events are currently scheduled. Any changes will be addressed as promptly as possible. Please click on the date of an upcoming event below to RSVP via Facebook.


Upcoming events:

March 23-25, 2018

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival 2018

Elizabeth will be one of the featured speakers at this festival, headquarted at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter in New Orleans

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival
938 Lafayette St., Suite 514, New Orleans, LA 70113
504.581.1144 | 800.990.FEST |


Past events:

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT

2017 Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Panel: Now that We Found (Legal) Love, What are We Gonna Do?
Now that we have the nationwide freedom to marry, we will have a decidedly unromantic discussion about marriage and what you need to consider, depending on individual circumstances. Elizabeth will explore some of the automatic rights marriage brings, including on death and divorce, and how tying the knot could raise your income taxes and might jeopardize certain government benefits that are based on household income. We’ll discuss what employers need to know about marriage equality, whether we should hold on to company-provided unmarried domestic partner benefits, and the status of LGBTQ rights under the current administration.


Summit runs October 9-12, 2017
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Presented by OUT & EQUAL Workplace Advocates

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM MDT

Health and Aging Salon at The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation

Please join the Arizona Community Foundation's Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy as we highlight issues facing the LGBT elder community. The event will address critical topics such as marriage for seniors, health and mental issues, and senior housing.

Registration and Networking 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Program 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Reception 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 405B, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602.381.1400 or 800.222.8221
Learn more about The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy at

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT

Keynote address before the Agency Network of Gay, Lesbian Bisexual, and Transgender Officers and Allies (ANGLE), a resource group for CIA Employees

This is a private event, being held at CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM PDT

Luncheon at Moishe House Dolores: LGBT Law in Israel
San Francisco, CA
Click here to RSVP and receive event address

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM PDT

Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco
Copies of Before I Do will be given to the first 30 attendees.
290 Dolores St San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00PM EST

Wait! Before You Tie The Knot, Learn These Do’s And Don’ts!

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
ROOM 310
208 W 13 St, New York, NY 10011

Click here for event details and to purchase tickets!

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:00PM PST

A User's Guide to LGBT Equality & Marriage Issues at Home and in Israel

Temple Beth Chayim Chadashim
6090 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Presented in association with JQ International and
The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30PM PST

Before I Do! A Conversation with Elizabeth Schwartz by Los Angeles Women's Network at the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Join LAWN and the Center for a conversation with Elizabeth as she discusses her book and the current LGBT legal climate. LAWN member and fellow attorney Wendy Hartmann will guide this colorful discussion of do's and don't's.

6:30pm Reception; 7:00pm Discussion; 9:00pm Book Signing

VIP Ticket (including book and signing opportunity) - $20
General Admission Ticket - $10 suggested donation
Free to LAWN members

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS. All proceeds directly support the Los Angeles LGBT Center's services and programs.

Los Angeles LGBT Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:20PM PST

Presentation for The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law

Elizabeth will be in conversation with Nancy Polikoff, Williams Institute Visiting Scholar, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and Visiting Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law.

UCLA School of Law, Room 1420
385 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 267-4382;

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP before Thursday, February 23, 2017. Books will be available for purchase.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:00PM EST

Before I Do: A Practitioner’s Guide to Advising Clients of Nontraditional Families Before and During Marriage, a Planned Giving Round Table event at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

101 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:00PM EST

First Comes Love: Elizabeth Schwartz & Martha M. Ertman at The DC Center for the LGBT Community

2000 14th St NW, Suite 105, Washington, DC 20009
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Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:00PM EST

Miami Book Fair Panel: "The Road to Marriage Equality"

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Bldg. 2, Room 2106 (ground floor)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00PM CST

Center on Halsted in Chicago

3656 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613

First 30 RSVPs will receive a free copy of the book, compliments of the event sponsors.
RSVP here:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:00PM PDT

Laurel Books in Oakland

1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
More event info at

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 6:00PM PDT

San Francisco Fundraiser for National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in partnership with Dog Eared Books

San Francisco Public Library
Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch
1 Jose Sarria Court, San Francisco, CA 94114

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 12:30PM PDT

Live interview on Cupertino radio show "The Wimmin's Music Program," hosted by Laura Rinaldi

KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino, California
About the show
Call in with questions: 408-260-2999 or 831-255-2999
Visit to learn how to listen live.

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10:00AM EDT

Live interview on Massachussetts radio show "Thinking Out Loud (Friday Feminist Edition)" hosted by Charlotte Crockford

WUML 91.5 FM in Lowell, Massachusetts
Visit for instructions on how to listen live.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6:00PM EDT

Live interview on Atlanta radio show "Lambda Radio Report," hosted by Charone Pagett

WRFG 89.3 FM in Atlanta, Georgia
About the show
Call in with questions: 404-423-8989
Visit for instructions on how to listen live.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00PM EDT

Books & Books Cafe in Coral Gables

265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM EDT

iOneg and Book Release Simcha at Temple Israel

Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00PM EDT

Bluestockings Bookstore in New York City

172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

Monday, October 10, 2016 EDT

Fundraiser for GLBT Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Private home - Address will be provided upon RSVP

Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:30PM EDT

Event in celebration of Provincetown Women's Week & Bride Pride

Provincetown Public Library
Marc Jacobs Reading Room
356 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:30PM EDT

Books & Books Cafe in Miami Beach

927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 7:00AM EDT

Live interview on Philly radio show "Conversations with Peter Solomon"

WIP 94.1 FM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
About the Show
Call in with questions: 888-729-9494
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00PM EDT

Live interview on New Hampshire radio show "Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen"

WSCA 106.1 FM in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
About the Show
Call in with questions: 603-430-9722
Listen online at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

Books & Books Cafe at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Elizabeth will be participating as part of the "Lunch and Learn" series regularly held at the venue.

1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132

Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM EDT

NLGJA (the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association) Author's Cafe

Ritz Carlton Miami Beach
Salon II on the Mezzanine Level
1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139