Professor of Law
BS & BA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
JD, Whittier Law School
State Bar Membership
About the Professor
Professor Mertus graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has been teaching Legal Writing since graduating summa cum laude from Whittier Law School in 2004. She became Director of the Center for Children and Families in 2011. Professor Mertus’s research interest is in the field of adoption law, and beginning in 2009 her research and scholarship has focused specifically on international adoption law and, to some extent, on the intersection of international adoption law and the rights of same-sex couples. She has presented at various national conferences and has also authored articles on topics such as second-parent adoption, baby trafficking, and the international adoption aspects of formation of families in the LGBT community.
Professor Mertus has also taught a number of child and family law courses through a study abroad program in Nanjing, China in cooperation with the prestigious Nanjing University Law School.
In her writing classes, Professor Mertus uses real world examples and a skills-based approach to lay a foundation for her students to learn and improve their legal writing skills. She is a member of the International Society of Family Law (ISFL), the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), LAWASIA, the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), and the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). In addition, she is admitted to practice law in the state of California.
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