Legal Advisory Council Members

 

Legal Advisory Council - Chair

Heather Ross, Esq.

Heather Ross joined The AFA in 2009 as a member of the newly formed Legal Advisory Council. She has been practicing law for 20 years, and formed her law firm, Ross & Zuckerman, LLP, in 2005 to focus solely on the continuously evolving laws and issues surrounding reproductive family building options, including representation of intended parents (including single parents and same sex couples), donors, gestational surrogates, and embryo donors and recipients. Prior to forming Ross & Zuckerman, LLP, Ms. Ross worked for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago(“LAF”), one of the preeminent not-for-profit legal aid organizations in the country. Prior to LAF she spent three years in private practice primarily engaged in the drafting and negotiation of complex financial transactions. In addition to representing clients, Ms. Ross also participates in educational forums to law students, lawyers, physicians and graduate students on assisted reproductive technology law, and has presented numerous lectures in the areas of bioethics, humanities, estate planning and reproductive justice. Ms. Ross also co-authored a manual for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (“IICLE”) Handbook on how heirship is affected by artificial insemination, surrogacy and egg donation. She is a member of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, a committee member of the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, and a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Resolve. Ms. Ross received her Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of law in 1993 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with a joint degree in Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Naomi Cahn, Esq.

Naomi Cahn is the John Theodore Fey Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. Her areas of expertise include family law, adoption law, and reproductive technology. She has written numerous law review articles on adoption, family law, and other subjects, and has co-authored several books, including RED FAMILIES V. BLUE FAMILIES(OUP 2010), CONTEMPORARY FAMILY LAW (Thomson/West 2d ed. 2009); FAMILIES BY LAW: AN ADOPTION READER (NYU Press 2004); CONFINEMENTS: FERTILITY AND INFERTILITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (Rutgers University Press 1997). TEST TUBE FAMILIES: WHY THE FERTILITY MARKET NEEDS LEGAL REGULATION (NYU Press) was published in 2009, and she is working on a book tentatively titled, THE NEW KINSHIP: DONOR-CONCEIVED FAMILY CONNECTIONS. She is a Senior Fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and is a board Member of the Donor Sibling Registry. Professor Cahn has testified before Congress and made numerous media appearances on adoption-related issues. Prior to joining the faculty at George Washington in 1993, Professor Cahn practiced with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC, and as a staff attorney with Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services, where she represented clients in the child abuse and neglect system.

Deborah Forman, Esq.

Deborah L. Forman joined the AFA Legal Advisory Council in 2008. She is Professor of Law and J. Allan Cook & Mary Schalling Cook Children’s Rights Scholar at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. She joined Whittier in 1990 and served as Director of its Center for Children’s Rights from 1999-2008. Professor Forman teaches Torts, Family Law and an advanced family law seminar that covers isses related to assisted reproduction. In addition, Professor Forman has been Of Counsel to the National Fertility Law Center since 2007, where she specializes in counseling physicians on informed consent issues and drafting forms that reflect the unique issues faced by fertility clinics and their patients. Professor Forman received her undergraduate degree with honors from Brown University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School. After graduation she clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Professor Forman is the author of Every Parent’s Guide to the Law (Harcourt Brace 1997) and numerous articles. Her most recent scholarship focuses on non-traditional families. She lives in the San Diego area with her husband and daughter.

Connie Moore, Esq.

Connie Moore is a 1986 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. During her years of practice, Connie has focused on securing legal rights for parents in same-sex relationships through adoption, surrogacy, and child custody litigation.

Meryl Rosenberg, Esq.

Meryl B. Rosenberg is an attorney in private practice and is the director of a comprehensive program devoted exclusively to all legal and other aspects of surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, and other matters involving assisted reproductive technology, as well as adoption. She has been working in the field of reproductive law and adoptions for over seventeen years, assisting hundreds of individuals build their families. Ms. Rosenberg is an active participant in furthering the education, development and expansion of the field of reproductive law, and is an innovator and leader in the field of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Ms. Rosenberg is Of Counsel for the National Fertility Law Center and is the current Secretary of the ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) Legal Professional Group. She is a professional member of The AFA (American Fertility Association) Legal Advisory Council, the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee, the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association - Family Law and Reproductive Law and Technology Section, and Health Law Section, Resolve – The National Fertility Association, and is an editorial board member of Fertility Today. She is also active in various volunteer organizations both local and international. Ms. Rosenberg has authored a number of articles in various publications, magazines and on-line on the topic of third party reproduction legal issues, and on surrogacy and egg donation in particular, and often speaks on the same subjects for professionals in the field and for intended parents and those seeking to assist them in building families through ART. She has also been a guest teacher at the University Of Maryland School Of Law on the topic of ART.

Steven H. Snyder, Esq.,

Steven H. Snyder, Esq., is the founding and principal partner of STEVEN H. SNYDER & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Mr. Snyder attended law school at the University of Minnesota, graduating cum laude in 1982. Mr. Snyder successfully litigated the first and only contested Minnesota surrogacy case to date in 2006 in which he won sole custody of the child for a single father; this case has been affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Mr. Snyder is a member of the American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Law Practice Management, and Family Law sections), Chair of the Reproductive & Genetic Technology Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, a member of both the Minnesota State Bar Association (Family Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections) and Hennepin County Bar Association, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Snyder also serves as a member of the national advisory committee of RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association, chair of the legal advisory group for the American Fertility Association (national non-profit organizations for education, support, and advocacy on behalf of infertile persons), and is a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (national organization of fertility physicians). Mr. Snyder is a frequent national and international speaker on assisted reproductive technology topics and is currently an adjunct professor of assisted reproductive technology law at the Hamline University Law School.