Blind Justice

ATTORNEY REFERRALS &
CIVIL LIBERTIES ORGANIZATIONS

Adoptee, Parent and "Family Rights"
Friendly Legal Resources Online


See the updated "Resources" section in the back of “CHOSEN CHILDREN”


ADOPTEE/PARENT SEARCH ASSISTANCE:

THE ULTIMATE SEARCH BOOK - loricarangelo.com/ultimatesearch

ATTORNEYS

A-TEAM Attorneys specializing in fathers' rights - http://www.a-team.org

ATTORNEYS, PRO BONO, by State - American Bar Association Directory of Pro Bono Attorneys - http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory.html

BRANDFON, ATTORNEY MARTIN - (California cases) - brandfon@earthlink.net an adoption lawyer, interested in issues and who also does adoptee/parent searches for fee - 620 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063; (650) 366-6789

CHILD CUSTODY LAW FIRMS SEARCH SITE - http://ChildCustodyLawFirms.com

GOODMAN, KATHLEEN CASSIDY
Law Office of Kathleen Cassidy Goodman, PLLC
San Antonio, TX - (210) 949-1000
Borne, TX - (830) 981-4500; Fax- (830) 981-4502
KCassidyGoodman@sbcglobal.com
Formerly with The Justice Foundation of Texas, which no longer handles cases, Attorney Goodman, though a civil (not criminal defense) attorney, continued to assist wrongly convicted adoptee, Joel Domingues, out of pocket. AmFOR provided support for Joel and Goodman. However she cannot take Appeals to the higher courts, pro bono. She's listed here as courtesy for her help in Joel's case.

HIRSCHFIELD,  ATTORNEY ROBERT - http://www.nolawyer.com

FAUPEL, ATTORNEY MARIAN L.- (Michigan cases) - mfaupel@faupel.pc.net - FAUPEL ASSOCIATES, 2452 East. Stadium Blvd, #103, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 677-0776 - http://www.faupel.com/profile.asp?wld_id=1747595

LEDBETTER, Attorney Frank R. (Missouri and possibly out-of-state) - 145 Glenridge Lane, St. Louis, MO; (314) 991-2917;
frledbetter@email.com

His comment on AmFOR's Petition to Abolish Adoption, Monday, 3 March 2003:
As an attorney I view the current laws in this country regarding adoption as reprehensible for the most part. Everyone should have the right to know who his or her biological parents are. No one should be subjected to being taken away from one's biological parent due to the biological parent being in a stressful situation when a child is born and pressured by social workers to give up all parental rights to the child. Nor should any child be subjected to being given to an infertile couple who most likely see prospective adoptees as little more than commodities available to meet the adoptive parents' desires. Adoption law reform is long overdue.

MARTINDALE-HUBBEL LAWYER SEARCH - http://www.martindale.com/

PANGBORN, KENNETH - http://www.a-team.org
pangborn@a-team.org

SAMUELS, ATTORNEY ELIZABETH - esamuels@ubmail.ubalt.edu

SENTER, ATTORNEY ERIKA W. - EWSenter@packbell.net
4199 Campus Drive, Ste 700, Irvine, CA 92612; (714) 854-5309 - http://firms.findlaw.com/ewsenter/ - (Consititutional/Civil Rights/Family Law - in all CALIFORNIA courts, South and Central US District Courts, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. Assisted an adoptee re inheritance rights matter)

SHEALEY, ATTORNEY BARBARA - WESTCHESTER PUTNAM LEGAL SERVICES - (New York/Low Income) - 30 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701; (914) 376-3757, ext. 103 - shealey@wpls.com - http://www.wpls.org/about.html

STEELE, ATTORNEY EDWARD J. - steele@plainlawtalk.com

"Everything Surrogacy" - DIRECTORIES, all on one web-site:
Surrogacy Agency Directory, Egg Donation Service Directory, Attorney Directory, IVF Directory - http://everythingsurrogacy.com

CIVIL LIBERTIES ORGANIZATIONS:

CPS WATCH - http://CPSWatch.com

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) - http://www.leap.cc/
Current and former members of law enforcement who support regulation rather than prohibition (of drugs)

EXPERT WITNESS:

HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS:

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - http://www.hrw.org/contact.html - hrwny@hrw.org

UNITED NATIONS RIGHTS OF THE CHILD PROJECT -
See Human Rights & Adoption pages
for reporting adoption abuses & contact information
loricarangelo.com/humanrights.html

PRO PER LEGAL RESEARCH:

ADOPTION LAWS, BY STATE -
http://www.Bastards.org/activism/access.htm
http://www.cornell.edu/topics/adoption.html

CALIFORNIA COURTS SELF-HELP - http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp

FIND LAW - http://www.FindLaw.com

LAW SITES - http://www.lawsites.com

NATIONAL ADOPTION INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE - http://www.childwelfare.gov/

PROPER PLEADINGS (without an attorney) - http://www.crosswinds.net/~informapauperis

PRO SE RESOURCE CENTER - http://legalfreedom.com - comments@legalfreedom.com

PUBLISHING LAW CENTER - http://www.publaw.com

WEST LAW - http://www.westlaw.com

MISCELLANEOUS LEGAL RESEARCH SITES ONLINE:
Rominger Legal
Attorney's Tool Box
Index for Legal Research
Research-It
Lawsmart.com (forms)
Law Guru
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Search
Municipal Codes Online
State & Local Govt Index
State Statute Index
Lookup States & Cities & Info
Lawsearch
SS# State Locator
Mediafinder
REFLAW: The Law Library Page
Top News Research
Freedom of Information Act
Laws & Cases Reference Place
Pathology - Expert Witness
Online Dictionaries, Glossaries, Encyclopedias
On-line Dictionaries by subject
Research, Software, Directories, News, etc..
Reference Desk
Legal Dictionary
The Cyber Law Encyclopedia
International Affairs
Internet Law information.
Legal Issues on the "Net"
Profit & Non-Profit Organizations
Free Legal Advice and Links
Need an expert witness?
Lawoffice.com
CA Law Net's Free Legal Research Center
Legal Research Via the Internet
Immigration Laws and Regulations
Legal Sites on the Web
State Legal Forms & Web Links
Criminal Justice Links
Researching Laws on the Web
Women's Law Initiative
Goodman Law-Good Legal and Information Links
Find a Process Server
Rominger Legal
United States Process Servers Association

WRONGLY CONVICTED:

The list that immediately follows is for assistance from state Innocence Projects including Law Schools, and State Public Defenders, by alphabetical State, for STATE Appeals on Wrongful Convictions.

For FEDERAL Appeals, check for FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER listings in state where convicted; if none, try adjacent state.

INNOCENCE PROJECT (National HQ)
Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld, co-directors
Yeshiva University
100 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011
(212) 364-5340
info@innocenceproject.com
[Note: Send application or inquiry by Mail only, no emails, and no other documents for initial review]

INNOCENCE PROJECTS BY STATE and COUNTRY

(These may or may not be unaffiliated with the national Innocence Project headed by Barry Scheck, above, so ask. Also check online, or your phone directory, for others):

ARIZONA

Arizona Justice Project
Larry Hammond
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
2929 North Central Avenue, Suite 2100
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2794

Northern Arizona Justice Project
Robert Schehr, Chair
Department of Criminal Justice
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 15005
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5005

CALIFORNIA

California and Hawaii Innocence Project
Justin Brooks, Director
California Western School of Law
225 Cedar Street San Diego, CA 92101

Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University
Professor Kathleen Ridolfi, Executive Director
Linda Starr, Legal Director
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053-0422

University of California - Irvine (not a project, but a resource)
William Thompson
Department of Criminology, Law and Society
University of California Irvine, CA 92697-7080

COLORADO

Colorado Innocence Project
370 17th Street Suite 4500
Denver, CO 80202 303-863-1000

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Innocence Project
Office of the Chief Public Defender
30 Trinity Street, 4th Floor
Hartford, Connecticut 06106

New England Innocence Project
Joseph F. Savage, Esq.
Jennifer L. Chunias, Esq.
Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

DELAWARE

Office of the Public Defender
Lisa Schwind Carvel
State Building
820 French Street
3rd Floor Wilimington, DE 19801

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
Shawn Armbrust, Project Director
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

FLORIDA

Innocence Project of Florida
Jenny Greenberg, Director
1100 E. Park Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

GEORGIA

Georgia Innocence Project
Aimee Maxwell, Executive Director
752-1/2 North Highland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306

IDAHO

Idaho Innocence Project
Greg Hampikian
Mail Stop 1515
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515

ILLINOIS

Center on Wrongful Convictions
Rob Warden, Executive Director
Steve Drizin, Legal Director
Northwestern University School of Law
357 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Medill Innocence Project
David Protess, Director Northwestern University
1845 N. Sheridan Ave. Evanston, IL 60208

Downstate Illinois Innocence Project
Institute for Legal and Policy Studies
at the University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza
MS Public Affairs Center
451 Springfield, IL 62703-5407
Primary Contact: Nancy Ford, Co-Director

INDIANA

Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
Fran Hardy, Professor of Law
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

IOWA

Iowa/Nebraska Innocence Project
Tom Lustgraaf
P.O. Box 24183
Omaha, NE 68124-0183

KENTUCKY

University of Kentucky Innocence Project
Roberta M. Harding, Professor of Law
University of Kentucky College of Law
209 Law Building Lexington, KY 40506-0048

Kentucky Innocence Project
Gordon Rahn Project Coordinator
Department of Public Advocacy
P.O. Box 555 Eddyville, KY 42038

LOUISIANA

Innocence Project New Orleans
Emily Maw, Legal Director
636 Baronne Street, 2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70113

MAINE

New England Innocence Project
Joseph F. Savage, Esq.
Jennifer L. Chunias, Esq. Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

MARYLAND

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
Shawn Armbrust, Project Director
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Innocence Project Office of the Public Defender
for the State of Maryland
201 East Baltimore Street Suite 1600
Baltimore, MD 21202
Primary Contact: Michele Nethercott, Chief Attorney

MASSACHUSETTS

New England Innocence Project
Joseph F. Savage, Esq. J
Jennifer L. Chunias, Esq. Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

MICHIGAN

Thomas M. Cooley
Innocence Project
300 S. Capitol Ave.
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901

MINNESOTA

Innocence Project of Minnesota
Erika Applebaum Hamline
University School of Law
1536 Hewitt Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104

MISSISSIPPI

Innocence Project New Orleans (operates in LA and MS)
Emily Maw, Legal Director
636 Baronne Street, 2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70113

MISSOURI

Midwestern Innocence Project
Byron, Beck, Stinson, Morrison and Hecker LLP
1201 Walnut Suite, Suite 2900
Kansas City, MO 64106

NEBRASKA

Iowa/Nebraska Innocence Project
Tom Lustgraaf
P.O. Box 24183
Omaha, NE 68124-0183

NEVADA

Rocky Mountain Innocence Center
Jensie Anderson, President
Katie Monroe, Executive Director
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law
332 S. 1400 E. Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New England Innocence Project
Joseph F. Savage, Esq.
Jennifer L. Chunias, Esq.
Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

NEW JERSEY

Centurion Ministries (NOT an attorney)
Rev. Jim McCloskey
Kate Germond
221 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project
Professor April Land
Professor Barbara Bergman
University of New Mexico School of Law
1117 Stanford NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

NEW YORK

Innocence Project (National HQ)
Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, co-directors
at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School
Yeshiva University
100 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Second Look Program
Professor Will Hellerstein
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pace Post-Conviction Project
78 North Broadway, Room G210
White Plains, NY 10603

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence
Duke/University of North Carolina Law Schools
Professor Therea Newman
Professor Rich Rosen
Pete Weitzel, Executive Director
Chris Mumma, Legal Counsel
Shannon Plaza Station
Durham, NC 27717

OHIO

Ohio Innocence Project
University of Cincinnati College of Law
P.O. Box 210040 Cincinnatti, OH 45221-0020

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Indigent Defense System -
DNA Forensic Testing Program
Julie Gardner
Jamie Pybas
Kathleen Smith
Kim Marks
P.O. Box 926
Norman, OK 73070

PENNSYLVANIA

The Innocence Institute of Western Pennsylvania
Bill Moushey
c/o Point Park College Department of Journalism
and Mass Communications
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984

RHODE ISLAND

New England Innocence Project
Joseph F. Savage, Esq.
Jennifer L. Chunias, Esq.
Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
53 State Street Boston, MA 02109

SOUTH CAROLINA

Palmetto Innocence Project
Joseph M. McCulloch
P.O. Box 11623
Columbia, SC 29211

TEXAS

Texas Innocence Network
David Dow, Professor
100 Law Center
Houston, TX 77204-6060

Texas Center for Actual Innocence
University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Innocence Project of Texas
1304 Texas Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79401

Wesleyan Innocence Project
Prof. Mike Ware 1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

UTAH

Rocky Mountain Innocence Center
Katie Monroe, Executive Director
Jensie Anderson, President
358 South 700 East, B235
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

VERMONT

New England Innocence Project
Joseph F. Savage, Esq.
Jennifer L. Chunias, Esq.
Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
53 State Street Boston, MA 02109

VIRGINIA

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
Shawn Armbrust, Project Director
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

WASHINGTON

Innocence Project Northwest
Professor Jackie McMurtrie
University of Washington
William H. Gates Hall - Suite 265
P.O. Box 85110
Seattle, WA 98145-1110

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Innocence Project
Keith Findley, Associate Clinical Professor
John Pray, Associate Clinical Professor
University of Wisconsin Law School
Remington Center
Madison, WI 53706

WYOMING

Rocky Mountain Innocence Center
Jensie Anderson, President
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law
332 S. 1400 E. Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

INTERNATIONAL

CANADA

Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)
85 King Street East - Suite 318
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1G3
CANADA

ENGLAND / UNITED KINGDOM

University of Leeds Innocence Project
Carole McCartney, Director
20 Lyddon Terrace Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

AUSTRALIA

Australian Innocence Project
Lynne Weathered, Director
Griffith University Innocence Project
Griffith Law School
GU PMB 50 GCMC 9726

Australia University of Melbourne Innocence Project
Vanessa Stafford, Director
University of Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
Carlton Melbourne
Victoria 3040
Australia