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DOUGLAS R. DONNELLY is a sole practitioner based in Santa Barbara, California, handling contested and uncontested adoptions statewide. His practice is limited to adoption law, guardianships and related child custody proceedings. In addition to numerous articles on adoption law, Mr. Donnelly co-authored The Complete Adoption Handbook (Zondervan, 1985, 1992), and also wrote the chapter on Adoption Law and Procedure for West's California Transaction Forms (Family Law). Mr. Donnelly's published decisions include Adoption of T.K. (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1392; Adoption of K.C. (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 1412; Adoption of Michael H. (1995) 10 Cal.4th 1043; In Re Charlotte D. (2009) 45 Cal.4th 1140; In Re Kyle F. (1993) 112 Cal.App.4th 538; and Applegate v. Ota (1983) 146 Cal.App.3d 702. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, and the Eastern District of California. Mr. Donnelly earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Westmont College and his J.D. degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the Academy of California Adoption Attorneys, and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Mr. Donnelly is a past president of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, and served 18 consecutive terms as chairman of the Ethics Committee of that organization. He also has served two terms as chairman of the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Mr. Donnelly is the principal author of the Code of Ethics of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and the Code of Ethics of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers.
ALISON FOSTER DAVIS is the former executive director and current legal director for Family Connections Christian Adoptions, a state-licensed and Hague-accredited adoption agency that provides domestic and international adoption services. Prior to working at the agency, Ms. Foster Davis maintained a private law practice focused on adoptions, guardianship, surrogacy, and court-appointed representation of dependent children. She is well versed in all areas of California adoption law, probate guardianships, and juvenile dependency proceedings. She has completed over 2,000 adoption-related cases and has qualified as an expert witness in California courts on numerous occasions. Ms. Foster Davis received her J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Davis is a fellow and past president of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, and was a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys from 2003 through 2016.
CELESTE E. LIVERSIDGE is the founder of TruAdopt, a full-service adoption law firm dedicated to representing expectant parents in an ethical, knowledgeable and compassionate manner. Ms. Liversidge has been practicing exclusively in the field of adoption law since 2001. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, and a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Christian Adoption Legal Services, National Council For Adoption, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Ms. Liversidge earned her undergraduate degree from Westmont College and her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. She has served as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law and she is a frequent guest lecturer on a variety of adoption-related issues.