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Implications of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $10.00


Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 570 U.S. ___ (2013), is a decision of the United States Supreme Court holding the Indian Child Welfare Act does not bar the termination of a biological father’s rights who never had physical or legal custody of the child, and otherwise had no standing under state law to block the adoption of his child. This decision has wide-ranging implications for adoption, third-party custody, and foster care and termination proceedings involving Indian children.  Join us for a discussion on the case and the possible implications for your practice.


Mark D. Fiddler, Fiddler Law Office, P.A.


Mark Fiddler is one of the lead attorneys for the adoptive parents in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. Mark is a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and founded the Indian Child Welfare Act Center in Minneapolis in 1993. He’s been appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care and Adoption, the Minnesota Supreme Court Child Protection Rules Committee, the Minnesota Supreme Court Expedited Juvenile Appeals Rules Committee, the DHS Blue Ribbon Adoption Committee, and the State Court Bench Manual Committee on Indian Child Welfare Act. He has litigated several ICWA cases in Minnesota appellate courts and serves as co-counsel to attorneys in ICWA cases throughout the United States. Mark is a 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and is a proud enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE credits applied for | Event Code: TBD   


Remote Participation:
Please indicate that you will be joining by teleconference or webcast when registering online or contact Laura Bidgood at or (612) 278-6305 before September 12. Instructions will be sent out on September 12th via email.

We are working on confirming the satellite locations.  We will update this notice when more information is available.


Cost: (please log in to see correct pricing)
Section Members:  FREE
MSBA Members: $5
Join the Family Law Section and attend for Free: $33 (you must register by phone for this option)
Non-MSBA Members $10
Law Students: FREE

Deadline to Register:  September 13, 2013 @ Noon
You can register by clicking the "Register" button at the top right of this page.


In addition....

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - 
"There is No Such Thing as a Stupid Question" - A question and answer session with a panel of family law experts.  This month’s topic is child support.  We will have Paul Clabo of the Anoka County Attorney’s office available to discuss your difficult child support questions.

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - 
The Family Law Section will have a monthly business meeting.

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - The Domestic Abuse Committee will meet.


To register by mail with a check, please use the registration form located here.

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Need to cancel?  Please see our cancellation policy .

Questions? Contact:
Nicole Battles | 612-278-6336 |


No sessions have been associated with this event.