Professor Sarah Ramsey began teaching at Syracuse University College of Law in 1983 and became an emerita professor in 2011. She was an Associate Dean from 1993-1997 and was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School in 1990-91. In 2002 she was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. In 2005 she was named a Board of Advisors Professor. She is the co-author of the popular casebook Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice (4th Edition 2010) and of Children and the Law in a Nutshell (4th edition 2011). She has written numerous articles on legal and policy issues relating to children, families and stepfamilies that have appeared in both law and social science journals and has presented her work at many national and international conferences. She taught courses on children and the law, family law, and advanced family law. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Children and Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association. She was Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Family and Juvenile Law section in 2003. She received the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare in 2007 and became an American Bar Association Fellow in 2008. Professor Ramsey was the Director of the Family Law and Social Policy Center and the co-director of the Syracuse Medical-Legal Partnership, a cooperative program with the College of Law and the University Pediatric and Adolescent Center of University Hospital of SUNY Update Medical University. When her retirement was announced, colleagues in the Association of American Law Schools praised her “extraordinary support and contributions to family law scholars and the AALS Family Law Section, including a term as Chair of the Section and service on the Executive Committee. The Family Law and Social Policy Center she directs at Syracuse University College of Law has been a leader in developing the interdisciplinary study of family law and developing a holistic model of practice, and these values animate her scholarship as well. Professor Ramsey’s insightful scholarship directs us towards legal theory, doctrine and practices that would best benefit children and families."
Books:Children and the Law in a Nutshell (with Douglas Abrams) ( 4th ed. 2011, Thompson West).Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy, and Practice (with Douglas Abrams) ( 4th ed. 2010, Thompson West).Teacher’s Manual for Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy, and Practice (with Douglas Abrams)( 4th ed. 2010, Thompson West). Articles and Other Publications:Standards for Social Science Briefs in Family and Child Law Cases (with Robert F. Kelly), 13 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 81 (2009).Child Custody Evaluations: The Need for Systems-Level Outcome Assessments (with Robert F. Kelly), 47 Family Court Review 286 (2009). Guardianship, Chicago Companion to the Child (2009).Child Well-Being: A Beneficial Advocacy Framework for Improving the Child Welfare System? 41 Michigan Journal of Law Reform 9 (2007) (lead article).Assessing and Communicating Social Science Information in Family and Child Judicial Settings: Standards for Judges and Allied Professionals (with Robert F. Kelly), 45 Family Court Review 22 (2007).Assessing Social Science Studies: Eleven Tips for Judges and Lawyers, 40 Family Law Quarterly 367 (2006).Law Making through the Adversarial Process: The Need for Standards for Social Science Briefs in Family Law Cases (with Robert Kelly) in Family Law: Balancing Interests and Pursuing Priorities (Wm. S. Hein & Co. 2007).Dedication in honor of retiring Professor Patricia Hassett, 56 Syracuse Law Review 2006.
Panelist on two panels: Social Science on Trial, Panel on the Varnum v. Brien Litigation; and Standards for Social Science Briefs in Family and Child Law Cases, Panel on The Use of Social Science in Marriage Rights Litigation. Symposium: As Iowa Goes, So Goes the Nation: Varnum v. Brien and its Impact on Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples, Iowa City, Iowa, February 2009.
Speaker, Families and Children: How Complex Structures Are Challenging the Law, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Studies, Columbia, Missouri, November 2007.
Panelist, Forensic Child Custody Evaluations: Using Scientific Research for Assessment and Improvement (with Robert Kelly), Panel on The Necessary and Natural Intersection of Family Law and Mental Health, 30th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Padua, Italy 2007.
Panelist, Child Well-Being: A Beneficial Advocacy Framework for Improvingthe Child Welfare System? Panel on Child Well-Being in American, Conference on Looking Ahead to the Next 30 Years of Child Advocacy, Ann Arbor, 2007.
Speaker, Child Well-Being: An Advocacy Model for Improvingthe Child Welfare System? Syracuse University/SUNY Upstate Medical University Department of Pediatrics, Center for Children’s Health Policy Seminar Series, April 2007.
Co-Leader, Workshop on Lawyers and Doctors: A Collaborative Model for Legal Advocacy and Training, 2007 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada 2007.
Co-author, paper/poster, Unmet Legal Needs in a Clinic Population (with Steven Blatt, Suzette Melendez, Wendy Broton, S. Krishna & L. Gresens. Annual Meetings of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society, and American Academy of Pediatrics. Toronto, Canada. May 6, 2007; this was also presented at the Medical-Legal Partnership National Summit. Kansas City, Mo, March 12, 2008.
Organizer and Presenter, AFCC Institute on "The Research Says...": Effective Use of Social Science Research in Family Law Cases, Tampa Bay, May, 2006.
Panelist and Moderator, Adding Facts to Family Law: Empirical Work in Family Law, Family and Juvenile Law Section, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2006.
Panelist, Legal Aspects of Open Adoption, Panel on Strengths and Challenges of Open Adoption in the Black Community, Conference on A Child Is Waiting: One Church--One Child Has an Answer, sponsored by The Dunbar Association Inc., November, 2005, Syracuse.
Panelist, Law Making through the Adversarial Process: The Need for Standards for Social Science Briefs in Family Law Cases, International Society of Family Law 12th World Conference, Salt Lake City, 2005.
Speaker, Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions in New York, 2005 Spring Institute “As Close as It Gets: The Law and Your (Very) Private Life,” Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York, Syracuse, NY May 2005.
Panelist, Legal Issues in Adoption and Foster Care, sponsored by Students United for Child Advocacy, April 12, 2005, Syracuse University.
Interview, No Fault Divorce, Channel 9, Syracuse, February 14, 2005Speaker, Foster Care: The Many Challenges to Reform, Symposium on Children & the Law, Missoula, Montana, September, 2004.
Panelist, Custody, Visitation, and Child Support, Program on Same Sex Marriage/Civil Unions: The Changing National/International Legal Landscape, New York State Judicial Institute, White Plains, NY September, 2004 Panelist, Symposium on Marriage: Does It Really Matter?, Syracuse Stage, September, 2004. Panelist, Marriage, CNY Live, PBS, September 16, 2004.
Panelist, Adoption Dilemmas and Social Science, Conference on Adoption and the Family System , September 2003, Brigham Young University. Speaker, Governmental Regulation of Marriage: Means and Ends, Healthy Marriage Coalition of Central New York, January 2004.
Speaker, Seminar on Lecturing, Syracuse University, November 2003.Courts and Social Science: A Family Law Perspective (with Robert F. Kelly), presentation for the Nova Scotia Education Seminar All Courts Program, Halifax, 2002.
Panelist, The Impact of the Law on Child Welfare—A Case for the Application of a Therapeutic Jurisprudence Model, Conference on The Judge, the Attorney and the Social Worker: Joining Forces for Children & Families, sponsored by the Children’s Aid Society and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, NYC, 2002.
Panelist, Family Law and Socioeconomics, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2002.
Commentator, Children in Poverty: Reconciling Children’s Interests with Child Protective and Welfare Policies, Conference on Welfare Reform Ends in 2002: What’s Ahead for Low- and No-Income Families, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, October, 2001.
Moderator, High Conflict Custody Cases: Building on the Wingspread Conference—Part 1, Family Law Section, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, August, 2001.
Panelist, Identification of High-Conflict Custody Cases and the Need for Special Treatment, International Society of Family Law, North American Regional Conference, Kingston, Ontario, June, 2001.
Panelist, Principles and Practice of Therapeutic Jurisprudence in High-Conflict Custody Case Resolution, Second International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Cincinnati, May, 2001.
Speaker, Children and Domestic Violence, Community Forum on Racism and Domestic Violence, Thompkins County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ithaca, Feb., 2001.
Chief Reporter, Wingspread Conference on High-Conflict Custody Cases: Reforming the System for Children, Racine, September, 2000.
Paper, The United States Child Welfare System: A Triangle of Tensions, International Society of Family Law, 10th World Conference, Brisbane, July, 2000.
Panelist, The Impact of Parental Separation on Children, Children 1st Conference, Syracuse, April 2000.
Panelist, Inside Our Institutions: Keeping Sane and Making Change, Association of American Law Schools, Workshop for Women in Legal Education, New York City, Oct. 1999.
Panelist, Are the Poor Subsidizing the Rich? Welfare Reform and Public Policy, Straight to the Source Television Program, Channel 13, Syracuse, November 1997.
Speaker, Welfare Reform, Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York, Syracuse, May 1997.Panelist, Federal Welfare Law and New York's Children: Impact, Options and Choices, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York City, January 1997Paper, Children in Poverty in the United States: Family Income Support and Limits on State Intervention, (with Daan Braveman), International Society of Family Law, North American Regional Conference, Quebec, June 1996.Moderator, Panel on Welfare Reform and Its Impact on Children, Syracuse University College of Law, May 1996.Paper, Let Them Starve: Government’s Obligation to Children in Poverty, (with Daan Braveman), Looking Back, Looking Ahead; The Evolution of Children’ Rights, Temple Law School, September 1995.
Paper, Functional and Formal Definitions of the Family: Consideration of Foreign Law in Domestic Custody and Access Disputes (with Robert F. Kelly), International Society of Family Law, 8th World Congress, Cardiff, Wales, 1994Paper, Stepfamilies and Law Reform: Goals and Compromises; Chair, Panel on Children’s Rights and Needs; International Society of Family Law, North American Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1993.
Speaker, Stepfamily Law: Suggestions for Reform, Wingspread VI, Orlando, 1992.
Speaker, Social Workers Testifying in Court, Continuing Education Program, University College, Syracuse, Fall 1992.
Speaker, Current Stepfamily Law: The Dialogue Between Research and Policy, Wingspread V, Denver, 1991.
Moderator, Panel on Child Advocacy; Diverse Strategies for a Common Goal, Stanford Public Interest Law Conference, Stanford (1990).
Panelist, Teaching Ethics in Family Law, Mini-Workshop on Teaching the Law and Ethics of Lawyering Throughout the Law Curriculum, AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco (1990).
Paper, A Piece in the Puzzle of Providing Adequate Housing: Court Effectiveness in Code Enforcement (with Frederick Zolna), Law and Society Annual Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin (1989).
Family Law (speaker); Forensic Fellows Program on the Foundation of Law, Department of Psychiatry, Health Science Center, SUNY at Syracuse, annual lecture, 1986-1992, 1996, 1997.
Chair, Panel on Research on Legislation Regulating Adolescents: Problems and Surprises and Panel on Enforcement and Compliance: Legal Controls andIndividual Behavior, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Vail, Colorado 1988.
Lecture, Adolescent Decision-Making and the Law, Syracuse University Civic Seminar Series, December 1987.
Participant, Wingspread Conference on the Remarried Family, Johnson Conference Center, Racine, Wisconsin, September 1987.
Chair, Panel on Evaluation of Attorney Performance: Attorneys for Children in Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 1987.
The Role of the Law Guardian, and Advisory Committee Guidelines for Law Guardians (speaker); Law Guardian Training Program, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department; Syracuse - September, 1986; Utica - November, 1986; Utica - November 1987.
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