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Avoiding Contested Adoptions & Limiting Attorney Liability

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Produced on October 29, 2015

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Course Information

Time 101 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Join returning faculty member Colleen Quinn as she discusses avoiding contested adoptions, protecting client’s hearts and pocketbooks, and limiting attorney liability and exposure to possible legal malpractice claims. Colleen begins by establishing the primary ways in which adoptions may become contested. Additionally, Ms. Quinn discusses the associated practical considerations including financial and emotional cost to the parties. 


Learning Objectives:

I.     Recognize the primary ways in which an adoption might become contested:

  • Lack of Due Diligence
  • Insufficient Information Obtained or Sought
  • False Information Provided
  • Incarcerated Birth Parent
  • Mentally Ill/Drug-Alcohol Addicted Birth Parent
  • Indian Tribe Intervention under ICWA or Birth Parent Able to Claim ICWA Protection
  • Grandparent Intervention cases
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Birth Parent in Active Military
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties

II.    Understand associated practical considerations:

  • Cost to the Parties
  • Financial
  • Emotional & Mental
  • Stress
  • Risk
  • Sufficiency of Resources
  • Negative Publicity
  • Implications for Child in the Future

III.   Comprehend the importance of being thorough in the gathering of information

IV.   Recognize how conflicting state laws might come into play

V.    Ensure proper notice requirements are met

VI.   Gain familiarity with the new tort of tortious interference with parental relations

VII.  Identify: 

  • How ICWA might be a factor
  • Mediation settlement considerations

VIII. Grasp state application using Virginia as an example


Credit Information

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Colleen Quinn

Locke Partin Deboer & Quinn

Faculty Spotlight

Honored with the Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award (2015), “Best Lawyers in America” (2014), “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2012-15), the YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government (2011), the “Hats Off to Women Award” by the ABWA Cavalier Chapter (2011), as “Super Lawyers” Top 100 (2012 & 2013) and Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-15) and Top 25 (2010 & 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50 (2013) and Top 25 (2012 & 2013) in Richmond, by Richmond magazine, by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (2010-14,2005), the “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly (2009), the Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award (2008), and a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-15), Colleen Marea Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and UVA Law School, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow, and serves on the Board of Trustees and is President-Elect, of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) and a Fellow, Founder, Executive Council and Membership Chair (2009-15) of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”), both are select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership.

She speaks frequently at AAAA-AAARTA Annual Meetings, was the 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair, the 2007 Annual Convention Chair, was on the AAAA ARTS Taskforce and Committee (2006-09), and Chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003). In 2003, she published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook.” She is the co-author of the Fifth and Fourth Editions of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book. She has served as a program chair, moderator and speaker for numerous adoption and ART seminars and programs. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She serves/has served as a certified Guardian ad Litem and is a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, the VA Equality Bar Association, the ABA ART & Adoption Committees, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (“ASRM), RESOLVE, AAJ and the VTLA.

Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, has achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell, is a Fellow of the LCA, and a member of the VTLA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ. She is a Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, Past-Secretary of the Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, Past-Chairman of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, Past-President (former Pres., Pres-Elect, VP, Sec. and Treas.) of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, and has served as a Chair and Co-Chair for numerous VTLA Committees.

Ms. Quinn devotes and has devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as the Creating a Family Board, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia Board of Directors, Go Red for Women, VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, LINC, and the Richmond YWCA (prior Advisory Council, President, Board member). She is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a Lifetime Girl Scout member and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, mountain bikes and teaches aerobics.


Erin S.

Really good. She obviously knows (and enjoys) this topic area.

Mike P.

Faculty member Colleen Quinn displays outstanding communication and presentation skills.

Jessica B.

Excellent presentation.

Pietro B.


Jeffrey M.

Great course

Brandan B.

Wow. A great CLE.

Judith H.

Good Speaker

Benjamin D.


Angie M.

the information on the case finding was very helpful

Diane R.

thorough presentation.

Andrew C.

Great speaker. Excellent use of specific examples from actual cases to clarify some tricky topics.

Douglas F.

This has been the best lawline presentation I've seen in two (2) years!

Tom H.

really enjoyable. learned a lot

Edna M.

she definitely knew her material

Dona R.

This was a fabulous course by an excellent speaker. Thank you Colleen!

Sheila M.


Andrea h.

Splendid presentation.

Jennifer L.

I really enjoyed the practical anecdotes used by the attorney to demonstrate her points.

Robert K.

excellent presenter and easy to listen to

Brenda S.

It was very informative

Janine W.

Very good speaker. Additional materials were included besides the PowerPoint in the written materials

Andrew D G.

Well presented and very informative.

Gerardo G.

Helpful presentation.

Tadia W.

Excellent overview. Made me want to learn more!

Bree V.

Very interesting stories and topic

Brandy C.

very interesting and informative. Excellent speaker!

Lynnan K.

good job!

Stacie F.

the speaker was incredibly well informed and articulate. This course was a pleasure and most interesting

Robin B.

Outstanding and very informative course. My practice deals with abuse and neglect cases, and this course was very help The in regards to termination of parental rights.

John N.

Ms. Quinn was extremely familiar with the subject and had numerous helpful suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls in the adoption process.

Kathleen S.

Excellent content!

Cathy L.

One of best speakers I've heard.

pamela s.

she is sincere

Jerrold N. K.

speaker was excellent, presentation thorough and informative. I do lots of adoption cases and found this to be an excellent review and in depth study of the subject matter, not just a cursory introduction. Thanks for the good work

William B.

Nice presentation

Eric P.

Excellent program. Very interesting and engaging.

Jean C.

Ms. Quinn is excellent. She is very experienced and knowledgeable and presents the material in an organized, easy to understand format.

Laura N.

Very interesting program.

Chukwuka O.

Great Instructor!

Stanley F.

Very very good.

John C.

Excellent presentation! Thank you.

Sophia Z.

great examples given throughout. top notch presenter

Robert W.

Excellent presentation by Colleen Quinn. Highly Recommended.

Kristina U.

This program could have been longer. Lots of information but so much more to learn.

Mark K.

Best live show I have seen. Fantastic job.

Robin H.

I know nothing about this area of law - i'm a commercial real estate attorney - but needed the live hours. Speaker was great and topic was fascinating

Krista D.

One of the best classes I have taken here. Nice to have a Virginia attorney for once, too!

Beth H.

Really appreciated the speaker was practicing and teaching from the state I registered for credit under.

Bryan W.

It was great

Terrell R.

Good job Colleen

Deborah C.

Excellent. Information I can use in my practice.

Jessica B.

Full coverage of the topic

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