Lexington, VA • Monday, November 17, 2008
On Nov. 19-20 in Atlanta, Ga., Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson will participate in a Georgia Supreme Court commission family law summit. Georgia's Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law and the Institute for American Values, have drawn together national experts to debate and discuss the future of the institution of marriage.
Prof. Wilson will first discuss the American Law Institute's proposed changes in the conception of parenthood. The sweeping changes in the legal conception of parenthood would confer custody and visitation "rights" on "de facto parents," and strip legal parents of the prerogative to decide who has contact with their child. Also, in a session titled "Reconceiving the Family," Prof. Wilson will explore the trend in family law to reduce marriage to a creature of statute, a set of legal benefits created by the law, and to imagine marriage as just one of many equally valid lifestyles.
A specialist in Family Law and Health Law, Prof. Wilson is the editor of three volumes: Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008) (with Douglas Laycock and Anthony A. Picarello); Reconceiving the Family: Critical Reflections on the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and the Handbook of Children, Culture & Violence (Sage Publications, 2006) (with Nancy Dowd & Dorothy G. Singer). She has published articles in the Cornell Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, and the San Diego Law Review, as well as in numerous peer reviewed journals.
Prof. Wilson received her J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia where, at the School of Law, she served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review. Before entering practice, she clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.