The conference was held Feb. 5-7 at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa.
The panel was moderated by Barbara Atwood and also included Wayne Regina, and the Hon. Rhonda Repp. It was designed to help participants develop a good knowledge of the legal rights of de facto parents, the legal status of sperm and egg donors, and the implications of Hochmuth v. Fridlund-Horne. It explored the psychological implications of de facto parent/child relationships and the psychological impact on participants when such relationships are unilaterally terminated. And it helped participants become familiar with the challenges facing all professionals in working with the breakup of non-traditional families.
Ellman's current scholarly projects include an empirical investigation into how people make judgments about appropriate legal rules, and a book for Oxford University Press about the difficulties inherent in implementing family policy through family law.