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16th Annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law to Feature Elizabeth Bartholet

Harvard Law School Professor to speak April 16 at The College of Wooster

April 16, 2013 by Patrice Reeder

WOOSTER, Ohio – Elizabeth Bartholet, the Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) at Harvard Law School, will present "Creating A Child-Friendly Child Welfare System" at the 16th Annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law on Tuesday, April 16, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A dessert reception will precede the event.

An expert on civil rights and family law, Bartholet earned her bachelor of arts degree in English Literature cum laude from Radcliffe College and a J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She served from 1968-1972 as staff counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and then founded the Legal Action Center, a public interest firm in New York City focused on criminal justice and substance abuse issues, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the IVF Ethics Advisory Committees at two Boston-area hospitals, and of the Harvard Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO) Committee.

At Harvard Bartholet specializes in family law issues with a particular focus on child welfare, adoption and reproductive technology. She has won several awards for her writing and her related advocacy work in the area of adoption and child welfare. Other awards include a "Media Achievement Award" in 1994 and the Radcliffe College Humane Recognition Award in 1997.

Bartholet has published two books Nobody’s Children: Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative and Family Bonds: Adoption, Infertility, and the New World of Child Production. Her work has triggered significant media attention. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, ABC Sunday Evening News, and Nightline, among others, and has done dozens of interviews with National Public Radio, and other radio and television programs. She has also been featured in several TV documentaries.

The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law was endowed in 1999 by Jennie M. Bell and Samuel H. Bell, a 1947 College of Wooster graduate and a Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The purpose is to engage students, faculty, members of the legal profession, and members of the community in a legal issue that has broad implications for society. The Bells hope, by way of this lectureship, to bring the best minds of the legal profession to Wooster students and the local community. This lectureship also joins their long-held affection for the law and faith in the values derived from a liberal arts education.

The Bell Lectureship is sponsored by The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law Fund and The College of Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or e-mail.