Who is a parent..and why it matters to lesbians and gay men

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
12:20 – 1:40 pm
UCLA School of Law, Room 1314
Lunch will be provided.

Deborah H. Wald, Founder and Senior Partner, Wald & Thorndal

With comments by Nancy D. Polikoff, McDonald/Wright Visiting Chair of Law, The Williams Institute

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Deborah H. Wald is the founder and senior partner at Wald & Thorndal. Her work has evolved over the past 15 years from a part-time home-based LGBT family formation law practice, to a multi-disciplinary full service family law firm addressing the legal needs of all contemporary families. Ms. Wald is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco law school. Her law review article, “The Parentage Puzzle,” was published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law in 2007; and a second article entitled “Integrated Approaches to Resolving Same-Sex Dissolutions” was published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly in 2009. She regularly provides trainings to attorneys and judges throughout northern California on the in’s and out’s of California parentage law.

Ms. Wald also is an experienced criminal defense attorney, focusing primarily on indigent criminal appeals. As a criminal defense lawyer she has devoted her energy to protecting non-citizens who are facing deportation or exclusion from the United States as a result of their contacts with the criminal justice system. She was a founder of Women Defenders, an organization providing professional, technical and social support networks for female criminal defense practitioners; and she worked as a public defender in Alameda County for 5 years.

Ms. Wald is a member of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys, and a member of ACAL, the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers. She is the Chair of the National Family Law Advisory Council for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of Our Family Coalition, the Bay Area’s largest LGBT family organization.  Ms. Wald is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

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