Family Policy and Law Colloquium

The Center for Excellence in Family Studies and
the Institute for Legal Studies
invite faculty, students and staff to the following
panel discussion and University Lecture

"Noncustodial Fatherhood: How Law and Policy Influence Men's Connections to their Children"

Friday, April 20, 2007 from 9:00-12:30 in Lubar Commons (7200 Law)

-- You are welcome to attend all or part of this event--

Cosponsored by: the Institute for Research on Poverty, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Department of Consumer Science, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and the School of Social Work, with support from the University Lectures Committee.

For more information: Please contact Maureen Ittig at


9:00-9:20 Coffee, Rolls, and Registration

9:20   Welcome: 
     Margo Melli,
Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emerita

     Opening Remarks and Introductions:
     William S. Aquilino
, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

9:30-10:30 Panel Presentations:

    Carolyn Heinrich, Professor of Public Affairs, LaFollette School of Public Affairs
    (Child Support Arrears Forgiveness Pilot Program)
    David Pate
, Assistant Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
    (Non-custodial fathers of children on welfare)
    Tonya Brito
, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
    (How state child support rules treat families where there is shared parenting and where there is multiple partner fertility)

10:30-10:45 Q & A

10:45  Refreshment Break

11:00-11:45 University Lecture Keyote Address:

Solangel Maldonado, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School 
    "The Law's Responsibility for Paternal Disengagement:
    Facilitating Paternal Involvement Amongst Divorced, Deadbroke and Incarcerated Fathers"

About the Speaker: Solangel Maldonado is Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School where she teaches Torts, Gender and the Law, Race, Ethnicity and the Law, as well as a number of courses in the family law area. She received her B.A. from Columbia College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the recipient of a Human Rights Fellowship. While in law school, she served as the managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law and interned for the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division. Following law school, Professor Maldonado clerked for the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty in 2001, she practiced commercial litigation with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, LLP and with Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in New York City. She currently serves on the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and was recently honored by the Dominican Bar Association and the Trenton City Council for her contributions to the Latino legal community.Professor Maldonado's scholarship has focused on how the law can protect children's relationships with nonresidential parents or parental figures. She recently published an article arguing that, by legally requiring both parents to participate in their children's upbringing after divorce, the law can trigger a social norm of nurturing fatherhood post-divorce, thereby decreasing the likelihood of disengagement among nonresidential fathers. Her current work explores the reasons many Americans prefer to adopt children of color from other countries over African-American children.  Professor Maldonado's law review articles include: Discouraging Racial Preferences in Adoptions 39 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1415 (2006); Deadbeat or Deadbroke: Redefining Child Support For Poor Fathers, 39 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 991 (2005); Beyond Economic Fatherhood: Encouraging Divorced Fathers to Parent, 153 U. Pa. L Rev. 921 (2005); and When Father (or Mother) Doesn't Know Best: Quasi-Parents and Parental Deference After Troxel v. Granville, 88 Iowa L. Rev. 865 (2003).

11:45-12:00  Discussant:  Daniel R.  Meyer, Assistant Professor of Social Work and IRP Affiliate.

12:00-12:30  Q & A, Concluding Remarks.

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