April 2005

Law Symposium Will Focus On International Adoption

"...The symposium will take advantage of the gathered expertise to explore the question of how international adoption can be reformed to ensure respect for the rights and dignity of birth families, children and adoptive families..."

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On April 15 Samford’s Cumberland School of Law will present and host a symposium highlighting the present situation and future prospects of international adoption.

Scheduled panelists include:

Richard Cross, case agent for Operation Broken Hearts, the investigation into Cambodian adoptions. He is a senior special agent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE], assigned to the ICE Human Trafficking Unit in Seattle, Washington.

Trish Maskew, president of Ethica, an organization seeking to reform international adoption. She also serves as an expert consultant to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, assisting with the creation of a manual designed to help countries in understanding the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, and designing an effective legal and procedural framework for implementation. She formerly served as interim administrator and board member of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, and as program coordinator for the Cambodia, Vietnam, Russia and Kazakhstan programs of an American adoption agency. Maskew is an experienced adoptive and foster parent. She also is the author of Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child.

D. Marianne Blair, professor of law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Blair teaches family law and civil procedure and is the coauthor (with Professor Merle H. Weiner) of Family Law in the World Community and International Family Law, Conventions, Statutes and Regulatory Materials (2003). She is a leading scholar among American law professors in the areas of comparative and international family law, and her writings address issues related to international and domestic adoption.

Nili Luo, associate professor in the Department of Education, University of Montana-Western. Luo is a Chinese citizen who has extensively researched international adoption of Chinese children in both China and the United States. She was a university professor for almost a decade in China, and has taught university classes in both China and the United States pertaining to family, children and education.

David M. Smolin, professor of law at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Smolin teaches a wide variety of courses, including family law, juvenile law, international human rights and constitutional law. He has published in the area of international children's issues, including international adoption, international child labor and children's rights.

The symposium will take advantage of the gathered expertise to explore the question of how international adoption can be reformed to ensure respect for the rights and dignity of birth families, children and adoptive families.

The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place in the Moot Courtroom in Robinson Hall beginning at 8:45 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m.

For more information, please contact:
726-2418
dmsmolin@samford.edu

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