David Smolin

David Smolin is the Harwell G. Davis Professor of Constitutional Law, and Director, Center for Children, Law, and Ethics, at Cumberland Law School, Samford University.   He has served as an independent expert for the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) on intercountry adoption issues, and serves as an external expert for the International Reference Centre for the rights of children deprived of their family, of the International Social Service ((ISS/IRC), on issues related to children’s rights, adoption, and surrogacy.   He is a member of the core expert group of the ISS surrogacy project.  He also serves on the Ethics Committee at Children’s (Hospital) of Alabama.   He teaches in the areas of constitutional law, bioethics and law, family and juvenile law, children’s rights, and criminal law and procedure.    Many of his publications are available for free download at http://works.bepress.com/david_smolin/, with over 80,000 downloads.  He received the Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award from the St. John’s University Adoption Initiative in 2014.   He has presented internationally at the Second International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies in Seoul, South Korea;  the 2010 and 2015 Hague Special Commissions on the Practical Operation of the Hague Adoption Convention; the 2014 International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy at the International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, Netherlands the State Supreme Court of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and the NALSAR University of Law, in Andhra Pradesh, India.   He has worked together with his wife, Desiree Smolin, on analysis and reform of adoption systems and practices, and sometimes contributes to the adoption blog she co-founded:  http://fleasbiting.blogspot.com/