Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Symposium Schedule

The Future of Children in International Law


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Welcome



  • Austen Parrish, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
  • Lakeshia Dorsey and Christie Coleman, Special Project Editors, Southwestern Journal of International Law

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Shattered Families



  • Yali Lincroft, MBA, Policy and Program Consultant, First Focus
  • Cecilia Saco, Supervising Children's Social Worker, Department of Children and Family Services
  • Andrea Ramos, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Immigration Law Clinic, Southwestern Law School


  • Professor Julia Vazquez, Southwestern Law School

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.

Rights of Children and Governmental Responses



  • Matthew Fraidin, Associate Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Veronica Aragón, Human Rights Litigator, Center for Justice in International Law
  • Irene Banias, Assistant Professor of Law, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Hannah Garry, Director, International Human Rights Clinic USC Gould School of Law


  • Professor Myrna Raeder, Southwestern Law School

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Adoption, Abduction and the Hague Conventions



  • Kathleen Strottman , Executive Director, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
  • Joan Catherine Bohl, Professor of Legal Skills, Stetson University College of law
  • Dr. Adiva Sifris, Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Jennifer Mertus, Director, Center for Children’s Rights, Whittier Law School


  • Professor Christine Lorillard, Southwestern Law School

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Child Trafficking and Children in Conflict with the Law



  • Wendi Adelson, Visiting Clinical Professor, Florida State University College of Law
  • Bernardine Dohrn, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School
  • Stephanie Richard, Policy & Legal Services Director, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking


  • Professor Julie Waterstone, Southwestern Law School

5:15 p.m

Closing Remarks and Reception