Leadership

The Center Director is David M. Smolin, Harwell G. Davis Professor of Constitutional Law at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. Professor Smolin teaches in the areas of constitutional law, family law, juvenile law, criminal law, bioethics, international human rights, children’s rights, and wills.  

Smolin has taught as an adjunct or visiting professor at the the following locations: the University of Alabama Law School, Samford University's Beeson Divinity School, Regent University Law School, Handong International School of Law (South Korea) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health. 

Smolin has published extensively in the areas of adoption, child labor, children’s rights, child and human trafficking, constitutional reproductive issues, bioethics, and theology and law. Most of his adoption-related articles are available at http://works.bepress.com/david_smolin/. These articles have a total of more than 34,000 downloads. He serves as an independent expert on Intercountry Adoption for the Hague Conference on Private International Law.  

He has presented on adoption and/or children’s issues at the following symposiums:

International presentations on adoption and/or children’s issues include the following: 

 
Korean Women’s Development Institute in Seoul, South Korea;  
Second International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies in Seoul, South Korea;  
Hague Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Hague Adoption Convention;  
State Supreme Court of Sao Paulo, Brazil;  
International Adoption Summit in Stratford, Canada;  
Federal-Provincial/Territory Conference on Intercountry Adoption in Ottawa, Canada;  
NALSAR University of Law, in Andhra Pradesh, India.  
   

United States presentations on adoption and/or children’s issues include the following:

 
Adoption Initiative Conference at St. John’s University,  
Joint Council on International Children’s Services Annual Child Welfare Symposium;  
Friends of Children of China, New York;  
ASAC Conference at the Claremont Colleges;  
New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children Annual Foster Care and Adoption Conference;  
Cedarville University;  
Emory Law School;  
Harvard Law School;  
Regent Law School;  
St. Thomas Law School;  
Stanford Law School;  
Whittier Law School.    

Smolin frequently serves as a background source for media, has been quoted on adoption issues for the New York Times, and has written on adoption as an invited expert for the Room for Debate New York Times opinion blog. Together, he works together with his wife, Desiree Smolin, on children’s issues and analysis and reform of adoption systems and practices. In addition, he has been interviewed on adoption or children’s issues for China Radio Today (China Radio International), Danish Public Radio, Radio Netherlands, UNICEF’s “Beyond School Books” Podcast Series, and National Public Radio (Morning Edition and The Takeaway).  



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