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PATRICK LACROIX is the owner/attorney at Arizona Children's Law, LLC, in Tucson, Arizona, where he represents parents, grandparents, children and adoption agencies in adoption, dependency, severance and guardianship matters. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association, the Pima County Bar Association, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Mr. Lacroix is also a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He earned his B.A. degree from Georgetown University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law.
KATHLEEN M. TANA is an associate in the legal services department of Willig, Williams & Davidson, where she focuses her practice in domestic relations and family law. She counsels and represents clients in divorce, support, custody, equitable distribution, adoption, and domestic violence matters. Through the firm’s legal services department, Ms. Tana is pleased to provide high-quality legal representation to individuals who might otherwise be unable to afford legal counsel. In addition to being a dedicated domestic relations practitioner, she enjoys providing pro bono legal services to animal and dog rescue organizations, and is working to institute pet therapy programs in area courts for children involved in custody and abuse cases. Ms. Tana also serves/has served as a volunteer attorney for the Senior Law Center in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section. Ms. Tana also is a member of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court, which was founded to promote professionalism, ethics, camaraderie, and education among the bench and bar. She earned her J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1985. Ms. Tana earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Adelphi University in 1982, receiving departmental honors in history.
SAMUEL C. TOTARO JR. is a partner in the Doylestown firm of Curtin & Heefner LLP. He earned his B.S. degree from Ursinus College and his J.D. degree from the University of Memphis. Mr. Totaro has been in practice since 1975. During his career, he has been involved in more than 3,500 adoptions, representing agencies, birth parents and adoptive parents. Mr. Totaro is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association and has served as a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Totaro has served as an advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Drafting Committee on the Uniform Adoption Act from 1989 to 1994, and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 as an advisor to a Special White House Task Force on Adoption. Mr. Totaro served on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Adoption, Washington, D.C.; and is past president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from both the National Council for Adoption and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. In 2005, he received the United States Congressional Angel in Adoption Award.