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Joan Heifetz Hollinger

Title: John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer in Residence (Retired); Senior Scholar, Henderson Center for Social Justice; Senior Scholar, Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice
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Joan Heifetz Hollinger is a leading American scholar on adoption law and practice, as well as on the psychosocial aspects of adoptive family relationships. She is centrally involved in efforts to overhaul the laws governing American and intercountry adoptions, and is an outspoken advocate in the courts and in the media on behalf of children who are at risk of being neglected, abused, or abandoned. She is the reporter for the Proposed Uniform Adoption Act, a member of the federal Children's Bureau task force on "Achieving Permanency for Dependent and Foster Care Children," and the author of the ABA guide to the Multiethnic Placement Act. She has also served on the U.S. State Department's advisory group on intercountry adoption and is drafting model parentage laws to serve the needs of children conceived through assisted reproductive technology.

Hollinger is the principal author and editor of the three-volume treatise Adoption Law and Practice [which can be found online through Lexis]. Her most recent book is Families by Law: An Adoption Reader (NYU, 2004). Since moving to the Bay Area from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she and her Boalt students have served as amicus curiae on behalf of children in a number of precedent-setting adoption and parentage cases in state and federal courts.


B.A., Swarthmore College (1961)
M.A., UC Berkeley (1963)
J.D., SUNY-Buffalo (1973)

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