--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CT,FL,NY
--- family law - adoption
--- course production date: 1/22/2015
--- presented by COLLEEN QUINN

The practice of adoption law is both rewarding but highly tricky. Helping families to adopt is a very positive experience - but ensuring that the adoption goes smoothly and is done 100% properly so as not to ever be subject to challenge and upset it absolutely critical.

The "Baby Veronica" case decided by the United States Supreme Court is a prime example of how an adoption that goes wrong can result in enormous heartbreak as well as huge attorney fees and costs.

This CLE program is a basic course or primer on the legalities of adoption law but also includes many "war stories" on what can go wrong and how to plan in advance to troubleshoot. The program provides a general overview of adoption law using some Virginia based examples and also includes an overview of the applicable federal statutes.

Key course points are:
• Learn the basics of adoption law.
• Learn how to explain the distinctions between agency and non-agency placements.
• Understand how the termination of parental rights work in the adoption world.
• Understand the concepts of the home study and ICPC approval.
• Be aware of important federal laws that can pre-empt state laws.

--- presented by COLLEEN QUINN

Colleen Marea Quinn has represented hundreds of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989.

After graduating from the College of William and Mary and UVA Law School, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow, and serves on the Board of Trustees, of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) and a Fellow, Founder, on the Executive Council and the Membership Chair of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”), both select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership.

She speaks frequently at AAAA Annual Meetings, was the 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair, the AAAA 2007 Annual Convention Chair, was on the AAAA ARTS Taskforce and Committee, and Chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003). In 2003, she published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook.” She is the co-author of the recent Fifth Edition of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book and co-editor of the Fourth Edition. She served as program chair and moderator for the first Lorman Adoption Seminar in 1997, for the first Virginia CLE Adoption Law Seminar in 1999 and for all subsequent programs. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She is certified as a court approved Guardian ad Litem and a member of the LGBT Family Law Institute.

Ms. Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, has achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell, is a Fellow of the LCA, and a member of the ASRM, VTLA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ. She is Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, Past-Secretary of the Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, Past-Chairman of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, and Past-President (former Pres., Pres-Elect, VP, Sec. and Treas.) of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, and serves and has served as the Chair and Co-Chair for numerous VTLA Committees.

Ms. Quinn devotes and previously devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia Board of Directors, Go Red for Women, VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, LINC, and the Richmond YWCA (prior Advisory Committee, President, Board member). She is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, has served as a volunteer soccer coach and Destination Imagination coach and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, mountain bikes and teaches aerobics.