2013 Adoption Policy Conference

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Schedule of Events

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Friday, March 1, 2013

The Tenth Annual Adoption Law and Policy Conference Sponsored by the Center for Adoption Policy and New York Law School


New York Law School
185 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Registration Fee: $50 (or see registration form for financial assistance)

CLE Information: 6.0 transitional and non-transitional New York State CLE Credits will be available to all attendees***

For information on hotels, local parking and directions to the Law School, click here.

For more any additional information please feel free to contact the Abbey Center

Diane Abbey Center for Children & Families

AbbeyLawCenter@NYLS.edu | 212 431 2351

* New York Law School is certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. The number of hours and details for this CLE program will be announced in the spring.

Schedule of Events

8:15-8:45 AM
Registration and Morning Coffee

8:45-9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Diane B. Kunz, J.D., Co-Executive Director of the Center for Adoption Policy
Geneviève Wachtell, J.D., Acting Director of the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children & Families

9:00-10:30 AM
Panel I
Domestic Adoption: A Whole Different Landscape

Chair and Speaker
Joan Heifetz Hollinger, J.D., John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer, University of California Berkeley Law School

Susan Appleton, J.D., Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law & 2012-2013 Israel Treiman Faculty Fellow, Washington U Law School
Brian Zimmerman, J.D., Assigned Counsel/Attorney for Children Panel in Kings County Family Court
Dawn J. Post, J.D., Brooklyn Borough Director, Children’s Law Center New York

10:30 – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel II
Developments in International Adoption – the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and the Years Ahead

Chair and Speaker
Elizabeth Bartholet, J.D., Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law &Faculty Director, Child Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School

Sarah Shaffer, Adoption Officer, Office of Children’s Issues, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, Department of State
Carrie Anna Rankin, J.D., Adjudications Officer (Policy) for USCIS International Operations Division
Carine Rosalia, J.D., Attorney Advisor for the Office of Overseas Citizen Services, Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Barbara Stark, J.D., Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life, Hofstra School of Law

12:30 – 1:00 PM
Lunch Distribution

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Keynote Address – Adoption and its Critics
Dr. Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, Columbia University

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Convening Speaker
Senator Mary Landrieu (D. La), Founding Co- Chair and Board President of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and Co-Chair of the Congressional Foster Care Caucus

2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 – 4:30 PM
Panel III

Considerations of Child Development within Models of Permanency
Chair and Speaker
Whitney A. Reitz, Senior Policy Advisor on International Child Welfare to Senator Mary Landrieu

Dr. Jane Aronson, Founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation
Anna Mary Coburn, J.D., Deputy Special Advisor for Children in Adversity
Dr. Charles Nelson, Professor of Pediatrics, Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Questions and Discussion with the Audience

5:30 PM