Elizabeth Bartholet: Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth Bartholet


J.D. magna cum laude, Harvard Law School,1965; Harvard Law Review, 1963-65
B.A. cum laude in English Literature, Radcliffe College,1962


Faculty, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, 1977-present
       Professor of Law, 1983-present
       Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law, 1996-present
       Faculty Director, Child Advocacy Program, 2004-present
Founding Director and President, Legal Action Center, New York, NY, 1973-77
Counsel, Vera Institute of Justice, New York, NY, 1972-73
Staff Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., New York, NY, 1968-72
Staff Counsel, President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, Washington, DC, 1966-67

Selected Committee and Board Memberships:

The Way Forward Project, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, 2011-2012
Harvard Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO) Committee, 2007-present
Legal Action Center: Board of Directors, 1977-present
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Honorary Membership, 1992-present
Boston Fertility & Gynecology Association, IVF Ethics Committee, 1991-present
U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Intercountry Adoption, 1990-2000
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Assisted Reproductive Technology Ethics Committee, 1990-present
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., New England Committee, 1994-98
Selection Committee for Harvard University Nieman Fellowship Program, 1996-97
American Association of University Professors, Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 1990-93
Society of American Law Teachers, Board of Directors, 1977-89
Civil Rights Reviewing Authority of the United States Department of Education, 1979-81
Board of Overseers of Harvard College, 1973-77
Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1973-77
Overseers' Committee to Visit Harvard Law School, 1971-77

Bar Memberships:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1978-present
United States Supreme Court, 1969-present
District of Columbia, 1967-99
State of New York, 1965-98

Arbitration and Mediation Associations and Panels:

American Arbitration Association (AAA)

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Roster of Arbitrators, 1991-present
Mediation Research & Education Project, Inc., Mediation Panel, 1995-present
JAMS, Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel, 1997-2004
The Labor Relations Connection, 2015-present

Selected Publications

Book Review of "Adoption Beyond Borders: How International Adoption Benefits Children," by Rebecca J. Compton, New York, NY (Oxford University Press, 2016)

"Thoughts on the Liberal Dilemma in Child Welfare Reform," 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 3 (2016)

"Differential Response: A Dangerous Experiment in Child Welfare," 42 Fl. St. Univ. Law Rev. 573 (2015)

“The International Adoption Cliff: Do Child Human Rights Matter?,” Ballard et al., eds.,THE INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION DEBATE: DIALOGUES ACROSS DISCIPLINES (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015)

“The Hague Convention: Pros, Cons, and Potential,” Ballard et al., eds.,THE INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION DEBATE: DIALOGUES ACROSS DISCIPLINES (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015)

"Differential Response: A Dangerous Experiment in Child Welfare," 42 Fl. St. Univ. Law Rev. --- (2015)

"Creating a Child-Friendly Child Welfare System: The Use and Misuse of Research,"13 Whittier J. Child & Fam Advocacy 1 (2014)

“Intergenerational Justice for Children: Restructuring Adoption, Reproduction & Child Welfare Policy,” 8 (1) J. Law Ethics Hum. Rights (2014)

"Creating a Child-Friendly Child Welfare System: Effective Early Intervention to Prevent Maltreatment and Protect Victimized Children," 60 Buffalo L Rev 1323 (2012), also available at SSRN

BREAKING BARRIERS: THE UNFINISHED STORY OF WOMEN LAWYERS AND JUDGES IN MASSACHUSETTS, eds. Saros, Botsford, Berenson, "Interview with Elizabeth Bartholet," 88-96 (MCLE 2012)

Elizabeth Bartholet and David Smolin, "The Debate," chapter in Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes (Ashgate Publishing 2012). To see entire contents of book, click here

"Race and Child Welfare: Disproportionality, Disparity, Discrimination: Re-Assessing the Facts, Re-Thinking the Policy Options," July 2011, SSRN

Bartholet, Wulczyn, Barth, & Lederman, "Race and Child Welfare," Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (2011), also available at SSRN

"International Adoption: A Way Forward," 55 New York Law School Rev. 687 (2010-2011)

"Permanency Is Not Enough: Children Need the Nurturing Parents Found in International Adoption," 55 New York Law School Rev. 781 (2010-2011)

Bartholet, Wulczyn, Barth, & Lederman, "Race and Child Welfare", Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (2011)

"Ratification by the United States of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Pros and Cons from a Child's Rights Perspective," 633 The ANNALS of Amer. Acad. Political and Social Science, 80 (2011)

"International Adoption: The Human Rights Position," 1 Global Policy 91 (2010)

"The Racial Disproportionality Movement in Child Welfare: False Facts and Dangerous Directions," 51 Ariz. L. Rev. 871 ( 2009)

"International Adoption: The Child's Story," 24 Ga. St. U. L. Rev.333 (2008)

"International Adoption: Thoughts on the Human Rights Issues," 13 Buff. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 151 (2007)

"Commentary: Cultural Stereotypes Can and Do Die: It's Time to Move on With Transracial Adoption,"
34 J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law 315 (2006)

"International Adoption," chapter in CHILDREN, YOUTH AND ADOPTION, ORPHANAGES, AND FOSTER CARE ed., Lori Askeland (Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. 2005)

"Guiding Principles for Picking Parents," 27 Harv. Women’s L. J. 323 (2004); also published in a slightly revised form as chapter in GENETIC TIES AND THE FAMILY, Rothstein et al, ed. (Johns Hopkins University Press 2005)

"The Challenge of Children’s Rights Advocacy: Problems and Progress in the Area of Child Abuse and Neglect," 3 Whittier J. Child & Fam. Advoc. 215 (2004)

Book Review of Rachel F. Moran's "Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance," 33 Journal of Interdisciplinary History 320 (2002)

"The Ethics of Genetic Testing In Adoption," Colloquium on Ethics of Adoption, U.Mass.Boston, (14-15, 36, 44-46, 54, 78, 87-88) (3/10/00) edited by Janet Farrell Smith

Reply, "Whose Children? A Response to Professor Guggenheim," 113 Harv. L. Rev.1999 (2000)

"Taking Adoption Seriously: Radical Revolution or Modest Revisionism?," 28 Cap. U.L. Rev. 77 (1999)


FAMILY BONDS: ADOPTION, INFERTILITY, AND THE NEW WORLD OF CHILD PRODUCTION (Beacon Press, 1999), originally published as FAMILY BONDS: ADOPTION & THE POLITICS OF PARENTING (Houghton Mifflin 1993, paperback ed. 1994)

"Reporting on Child Welfare and Adoption Policies," 53 Nieman Reports 74 (1999)

"Private Race Preferences in Family Formation," 107 Yale L.J. 2351 (1998)

"International Adoption: Propriety, Prospects and Pragmatics," 13 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law 181 (1996)

"What's Wrong with Adoption Law?," 4 The International Journal of Children's Rights 263 (1996)

"Debate: Best Interests of the Child?," with Nerys Patterson, Prospect, no. 11, 18-20 (Aug./Sept. 1996)

"Beyond Biology: The Politics of Adoption & Reproduction," 2 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 5 (1995)

"Race Separatism in the Family: More on the Transracial Adoption Debate," 2 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 99 (1995), reprinted as "Debate 15: Should Transracial Adoptions Be Allowed?," Controversial Issues in Social Policy, Howard J. Karger et al, 2nd Ed., 220-27 (Pearson Education, 2003)

"Adoption Rights and Reproductive Wrongs," in POWER & DECISION: THE SOCIAL CONTROL OF REPRODUCTION 177-203 (Harvard Press, 1994)

Articles based in part on FAMILY BONDS: "Blood Knots," American Prospect 48-57 (Fall 1993); "Family Matters," Vogue 102-06 (Nov. 1993); "What's Wrong with Adoption Law," Trial 18-23 (Winter 1994)

"In Vitro Fertilization: The Construction of Infertility and of Parenting," in ISSUES IN REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY I, 253-60, Holmes ed. (Garland Press, 1992, paperback ed. New York Univ. Press 1994)

"International Adoption: Current Status and Future Prospects," in 3 The Future of Children No.1, 89-103 (Center for the Future of Children, Spring 1993)

"Parenting Options For The Infertile," in Frug, WOMEN AND THE LAW 523-30 (Foundation Press, 1992)

Book Review of Cheri Register's ARE THOSE KIDS YOURS?, 33 Harv. Int'l. L. J. 649-53 (Spring 1992)

"Where Do Black Children Belong? The Politics of Race Matching in Adoption," 139 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1163 (1991)

"International Adoption: Overview," chapter 10 in ADOPTION LAW AND PRACTICE (Matthew Bender 1988, Supp. 1997)

"Proof of Discriminatory Intent Under Title VII," 70 Cal. L.Rev. 5 (1982)

"Application of Title VII to Jobs in High Places," 95 Harv. L. Rev. 945 (1982)

Consulting and Advisory Arrangements:

Project Consultant to The Hastings Center, Reprogenetics Project, resulting in related report entitled: "Reprogenetics and Public Policy: Reflections and Recommendations," by Parens and Knowles, Hastings Center Report Special Supplement (July - August, 2003)

Selected Honors and Awards:

North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, Pro Humanitate Child Advocacy Award, 2015
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Angel in Adoption Award, 2014
Samuel H. Bell Lectureship at The College of Wooster, 2013
FitzRandolph Memorial Lecture at Whittier Law School, 2013
Fifth Annual Brieland Lecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
Georgia State University Law School, Atlanta, GA, 40th Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture Series, 2007
FitzRandolph Memorial Lecture at Whittier Law School, 2004
Sullivan Lecture at Capital University Law School, 1999
Massachusetts Appleseed Center, Award for Advocacy on Behalf of Foster Children, 1998
Radcliffe College Alumnae Recognition Award, 1997
Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Chair at Harvard Law School, 1996
Open Door Society, Friends of Adoption Award, 1994
Catholic Adoptive Parents Association, Media Achievement Award, 1994
Adoptive Parents Committee, Friends of Adoption Award for Adoption Literature, 1993