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Judith Sperling-Newton

The Law Center for Children & Families
Director, American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
Madison, WI, USA


Judith Sperling-Newton, now semi-retired, is a shareholder and a co-founder of the Law Center for Children & Families and the President of the Board of Directors of The Surrogacy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. She is committed to social justice and is an ardent children’s rights advocate. She is an experienced guardian ad litem for abused or neglected children. Ms. Sperling-Newton practiced for three decades in the areas of adoption, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, child protection, and parentage for same-sex partners. She has worked with clients worldwide.

Experience:
Ms. Sperling-Newton is very experienced in children’s law. She also acted for many years as a Referee, appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in attorney disciplinary matters. Ms. Sperling-Newton served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.

Education:
Ms. Sperling-Newton received her law degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Indiana University, with a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University.

Recognition:
Ms. Sperling-Newton has been recognized for outstanding public service by the Center for Public Representation, and she is a 2004 recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Angel in Adoption Award.

Teaching and Writing Experience:
Ms. Sperling-Newton is the author of Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption and the juvenile chapter of the Guardian ad Litem Handbook, both published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is a frequent speaker on best practices and ethics in assisted reproduction law, particularly surrogacy, and she is a regular presenter at the Lavender Law Family Law Institute (FLI).

Professional and Volunteer Service:
Ms. Sperling-Newton is a Past-President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA); she currently serves on its Board of Trustees. In May, 2009, she was appointed Director of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). She is also a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the National Lesbian and Gay Legal Association (NLGLA), and the National Family Law Advisory Council (NFLAC),
sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Ms. Sperling-Newton is an active Red Cross Volunteer and serves as an interpreter for medical/surgical missions in South America. As an environmentalist, she volunteers every summer on the South Carolina Loggerhead Turtle Patrol.
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