University of North Carolina School of Law
March 1, 2003
The Conference will explore legal issues surrounding nontraditional families and adoption. Topics will include: transracial adoption, transnational and intercountry adoption, adoption by gay and lesbian, disabled, and single parents, the current status of adoption policy, and reproductive technology.
The Conference is no longer accepting online registration. Registration will be available from 9:00-9:30 a.m. on the day of the conference.
The Conference offers 5 hours of CLE credit.
Registration Fees (lunch included in cost):
- Students - Free
- Non-Students - $20.00
- CLE registration - $75.00
Read short descriptions of the participants in this year's conference.
9:00 - 9:30
Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45
Gene Nichol, Dean and Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
9:45 - 10:30
Molly Shanley, Professor of Political Science, Vassar College
"Choosing Children: Ethical Issues in Adoption and Assisted Reproduction"
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00
Morning Breakout Sessions
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:30
The Intersection of Transracial and Intercountry Adoption
Panelists: Howard Altstein, Elizabeth Bartholet, Twila Perry, Rita Simon
Moderator: Joan Hollinger
2:30 - 2:45
2:45 - 4:00
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
4:00 - 4:15
4:15 - 4:50
Moderator: Deborah Weissman
4:50 - 5:00
Across Borders: Transnational and Intercountry Adoption, Howard Altstein & Rita Simon
Challenges, Stereotypes and Legal Protections for Individuals with Disabilities Pursuing Adoption, Beth Sufian
Reconstructing Adoption Law and Policy: Where to from Here?, Joan Hollinger
Rethinking Secrecy and Exclusivity in Adoption and Egg and Sperm Donation, Jana Singer & Molly Shanley
Single Parent Adoption and Single Parenting: Opportunities and Challenges, Nancy Dowd
This I Know is True: Psycho-Social Perspectives on Gay- and Lesbian-Parented Children, Charlotte Patterson
Transracial Adoption: Opposing Perspectives on the Best Interests of the Child, Elizabeth Bartholet & Twila Perry
Who will stand for me? Advocating for Gay and Lesbian Family Rights, Joseph Price, Sharon Thompson & Joan Hollinger