Joan Hollinger

Law Professor Joan Heifetz Hollinger is a leading scholar on adoption law and policy. She teaches courses on family law, child welfare, adoption and assisted reproduction at the University of California, Berkeley Law School. Ms Hollinger is the principal author of the three volume treatise Adoption Law and Practice (Matthew Bender\Lexis 1988-2006), co-author of Families By Law: An Adoption Reader (NYU 2004), and a contributor to the interdisciplinary journal Adoption Quarterly. She served as Reporter for the Uniform Adoption Act and helped draft the new proposed Uniform Parentage Act of 2002. She has been involved since 1993 in efforts to implement the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Ms. Hollinger has been amicus curiae on behalf of children in a number of ground-breaking adoption and parentage cases, including the recent decisions by the California Supreme Court recognizing that children can have two legal mothers under California’s version of the Uniform Parentage Act as well as under the state’s adoption statutes.