Joan Heifetz Hollinger is a leading scholar on the legal and psychosocial aspects of adoptive family relationships. As a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley since 1993, and before that, as a Professor of Law at the University of Detroit in Michigan, she has been devoted to research, teaching, and advocacy on family law issues, especially as they affect the welfare of children. She is the editor and principal author of Adoption Law and Practice and has published numerous articles in professional journals. She is the Reporter (research consultant and drafter) for the proposed Uniform Adoption Act (UAA), the co-editor of the soon to be published Adoption Reader, and the author of Guidebook to the Multiethnic Placement Act . Professor Hollinger serves on the U.S. State Department's Advisory Group on Intercountry adoption, the U.S. Children's Bureau Expert Work Group on Achieving Permanence for Children, and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute's advisory group on ethical issues in adoption practice. At Berkeley, she directs a Child Advocacy Clinic and has appeared as amicus curiae on behalf of children in a number of precedent-setting cases.