Arlene Zarembka

Zarembka, ArleneArlene Zarembka received her B.A. with Honors and ΦBK from Swarthmore College in 1970 and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from St. Louis University Law School, in 1974. She has been in private practice since 1987, after six years as an attorney in Legal Services. Her practice concentrations include Estate and Medicaid Planning. A large percentage of her clients are from the LGBT community.

She presented on Estate Planning for the LGBT community at the 2012 Midwest LGBT Law Conference, and on planning for LGBT clients in Missouri (including the impact of the anti-same-sex-marriage amendment to the Missouri Constitution) at a 2004 BAMSL CLE on Same-Sex Marriage. She is the author of “Estate Planning for Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Clients,” (St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring, 2010). She has written numerous commentaries and spoken extensively for the lay public on civil rights, civil liberties, privacy rights, and lesbian and gay rights. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy of civil liberties and social justice, including a Diverse Business Leader award in 2012 from the St. Louis Business Journal for her years of advocacy on behalf of LGBT rights, a Civil Liberties Award from ACLU-EM in 2010, and a Social Justice Hero award from Metro Theater Company in January, 2009.

She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, MoBar Elder Law Committee, the National LBGT Bar Association, the Legal Committee of ACLU-Eastern Missouri, and the Public Policy Committee of the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association. She is a cooperating attorney for ACLU-EM and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.