Elizabeth Bartholet, Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.
Professor Bartholet's research interests include: adoption, child welfare, and reproductive technology. Her publications include: Family Bonds: Adoption, Infertility, and the New World of Child Production (Beacon Press, 1999); Nobody's Children: Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative (Beacon Press, 1999); Beyond Biology: The Politics of Adoption and Reproduction, 2 Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy 5 (1995); and Where Do Black Children Belong? The Politics of Race Matching in Adoption, 139 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1163 (1991).
Nancy Dowd, Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law, University of Florida College of Law.
Professor Dowd regularly teaches constitutional and family law and has conducted seminars on gender and the law, feminist jurisprudence, domestic violence and the law, and work and family policy. Her publications include: Single Parent Adoption, a chapter in Adoption Reader (forthcoming NYU Press, 2003); Feminist Theory: An Antiessentialist Reader (NYU Press, 2003) (co-edited with Michelle S. Jacobs); Redefining Fatherhood (NYU Press, 2000); In Defense of Single Parent Families (NYU Press, 1997); and Stigmatizing Single Parents, 18 Harvard Women's Law Journal 19 (1995).
Joan Heifetz Hollinger, Lecturer in Residence and Director of the Child Advocacy Program, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.
Professor Hollinger is a family law scholar who focuses on the legal and psychosocial aspects of adoption. She is the reporter for the Proposed Uniform Adoption Act, author of the ABA guide to the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, and the principal author and editor of the three-volume treatise Adoption Law and Practice. She has served on the U.S. State Department's advisory group on intercountry adoption and as amicus curiae on behalf of children in a number of precedent-setting adoption and custody cases.
Charlotte Patterson, Professor of Psychology, Center for Children, Families, and the Law, University of Virginia.
Professor Patterson specializes in developmental psychology, focusing on child development in lesbian- and gay-parented families. Her recent publications include: Adoption Agency Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Prospective Parents: A National Study, 5 Adoption Quarterly (2002) (with Brodzinsky, D. M. and Vaziri, M.); Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents: Research, Law, and Policy, in Children, Social Science, and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2002) (with Fulcher, M. and Wainright, J.); Lesbian and Gay Parenthood in Handbook of Parenting (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2nd ed., 2002); and Same-sex Marriage and the Interests of Children: Comments on Michael Wald's "Same-sex Couple Marriage: A Family Policy Perspective," 9 Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law 345 (2002).
Twila Perry, Professor of Law and Judge Alexamber T. Waugh Sr. Scholar, Rutgers School of Law - Newark.
Professor Perry teaches torts, family law, and children and the law. Her publications include: Transracial and International Adoption: Mothers, Hierarchy, Race, and Feminist Legal Theory, 10 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 101 (1998); The Transracial Adoption Controversy: An Analysis of Discourse and Subordination, 21 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 33 (1993) and Race and Child Placement: The Best Interests Test and the Cost of Discretion, 29 Journal of Family Law 51 (1991)
Joseph Price, Associate, Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, PLLC, Washington, DC.
Mr. Price was co-counsel for Lambda Legal Defense in Kaufman v. Virginia Dept. of Social Services (Va. Cir. 2002). In settlement, the Virginia Department of Social Services agreed to allow lesbian Episcopal priest, Linda Kaufman, to adopt a second foster child from the District of Columbia. The agency also agreed to prohibit Virginia child placement officials from barring adoptions based on adoptive the parents' sexual orientation.
Molly Shanley, Margaret Stiles Halleck Professor of Political Science, Vassar College.
Professor Shanley has been a member of the Council of the American Political Science Association and has served as President of the Women's Caucus for Political Science. Her publications include: Making Babies, Making Families: What Matters Most in a New Age of Reproductive Technology, Adoption, Surrogacy, and Same-Sex and Single Parents Rights (Beacon Press, 2001); Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory, (Penn State Press 1991) (co-edited with Carole Pateman); Reconstructing Political Theory, (Penn State Press, 1997) (co-edited with Uma Narayan); and Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England (Princeton University Press, 1989).
Rita J. Simon, University Professor of Public Affairs, American University and Howard Altstein, Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland.
For over thirty years, Rita J. Simon and Howard Altstein have been studying transracial and intercountry adoptions. Their joint publications include: Adoption, Race, and Identity: From Infancy to Young Adulthood (Transaction Publishers, 2002); Adoption Across Borders (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2000); The Relevance of Race in Adoption Law and Social Practice, 11 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 171 (1997); The Case for Transracial Adoption (American University Press 1994) (with Marygold S. Melli); and Intercountry Adoption: A Multinational Perspective (Praeger 1991).
Jana Singer, Professor of Law, University of Maryland.
Professor Singer is a scholar of family law and children's issue. She is the author of Adoption, Identity, and the Constitution: The Case for Opening Closed Records, 2 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 113 (1999) (with Naomi Cahn) and co-author of Family Law: Cases, Materials and Problems (2nd ed. 1998). She was also a featured presenter at a May 2000 symposium on openness in adoption, hosted by the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law in Columbus, Ohio.
Beth Sufian, Founding Partner, Sufian & Passamano, Houston, Texas and disability rights advocate.
Ms. Sufian's practice provides advocacy for individuals with disabilities concerning matters of Social Security, health insurance, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims. Her recently published book, Representing ADA Plaintiffs, discusses the application of the ADA, Titles II and III, to persons with disabilities pursuing adoption. She has also published The Advocacy Manual- A Clinicians Guide to the Legal Rights of Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis which addresses adoption by individuals with cystic fibrosis. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was recognized as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 in Texas by the Texas Lawyer in 2001.
Sharon Thompson, Founding Partner, Sharon Thompson Law Group.
Ms. Thompson's family law practice in Durham, North Carolina specializes in adoption, custody and child support, domestic partnership agreements and property disputes, and divorce. Ms. Thompson also served as a legislator in the North Carolina House of Representatives and has taught "Sexuality and the Law" at the UNC School of Law.
Deborah Weissman, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Programs, University of North Carolina School of Law.
Professor Weissman is the faculty advisor for the Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity. She teaches domestic violence law and civil lawyering process with a clinical focus on immigration, asylum and civil rights cases.