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Cynthia R. Mabry

Howard University School of Law
Professor of Law
Washington, DC, USA


Professor Cynthia R. Mabry*

Professor Mabry (JD., 1983, Howard University School of Law; LLM., 1996,  New York University School of Law) has been a full-time law teacher since  1993.  She is the 2010 recipient of the Warren Rosmarin Professor of Law Award of Excellence in Teaching and Service. Presently, she teaches Adoption Law, Family Law, Civil Procedure and Pretrial Litigation at Howard University School of Law. Professor Mabry is lead co-author of Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice, a legal textbook-one of W. S. Hein & Co.'s best-selling law books. The second edition of the book will be published in the fall of 2010. Presently fifteen law schools have adopted the textbook. She is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Recently, she was appointed as Co-Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee of the ABA Section of Family Law for the year 2010-2011. She is the faculty advisor for the Howard Family Law Society (which she organized) and she developed a Family Law Certificate Program at Howard. Professor Mabry also has taught full-time at New York University School of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, and West Virginia  University College of Law and as a Visiting Professor at the University Of Florida College Of Law, Syracuse University College of Law and the University of the Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, a former Editor for the Family Court Review, a volunteer mediator for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia's Family Division and a former member of the Citizens Review Board for Children (appointed by Maryland Governor Erhlich). Professor Mabry has made presentations on domestic and international family law issues in several states in the United States.  As a member of the International Family Law Society, she has spoken to international audiences in the Netherlands, China and Italy.  She has written several law review articles focusing on a variety  of issues with an emphasis on children's rights. She has been a member of  the District of Columbia Bar since 1983. Professor Mabry was Student  Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal. After she was graduated from  Howard, she was a judicial law clerk at state and federal courts in the District of Columbia and Detroit, Michigan. She practiced law in the District of Columbia at Crowell & Moring, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and the Federal Railroad Administration.   
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