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 I am a law professor, writer, and photographer living in Gainesville, Florida. I teach at the University of Florida, where I also serve as an associate director of the Center on Children and Families. I am a contributor to On Parenting from The Washington Post. I've spent the last few years writing about children and the law, and my work has been published and/or quoted in The New York TimesCNNCBS NewsNPRJAMA Pediatrics, The Emory Law Journal, the London School of Economics Parenting for the Digital Future blog. 

Prior to joining the law faculty, I worked as a felony prosecutor handling crimes involving child abuse and neglect, child pornography, domestic violence, and rape. I served as lead counsel in hundreds of contested hearings. As a practitioner, I routinely provided training to lawyers, police officers, and social workers on matters relating to child abuse, neglect, and trial procedure. I has experience working in the dependency court system as well. I worked as a Senior Attorney for Children’s Legal Services, representing the state in child welfare proceedings. I still represent children in court - usually as a pro-bono/volunteer Guardian ad Litem attorney.

On a more personal note, I'm a wife and mom to three kiddos. Writing and taking pictures are my two favorite hobbies. In the past, I've written mostly for an adult audience (see my Featured Writing for some examples), but I'm really excited to share that I've recently written a book for middle graders. Check it out under the Return to Normal tab!

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