Dedicated to Ethical Family Formation

The American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) is a credentialed, professional organization dedicated to the advancement of best legal practices in the area of assisted reproduction and to the protection of the interests of all parties, including the children, involved in assisted reproductive technology matters.

Securing Legal Ties for All Family Types

There are few things more important than securing the legal relationship between a parent and a child. AAARTA attorneys are up-to-date on the advances in medical science that allow for a wide variety of options for parents to build families through egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, and/or gestational surrogacy.

Members with Experience

AAARTA members must have completed at least fifty (50) diverse ARTs matters prior to being invited to join AAARTA. The matters must include such legal services such as obtaining parentage or birth orders, drafting and negotiating surrogacy, egg donor and sperm donor contracts and drafting or reviewing embryo donation contracts.

Find an Attorney

An expert in assisted reproductive technology law will help ensure that your family building matter proceeds smoothly. Our Online Adoption and ART Academy Member Directory lists the current fellows of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys in each State.

Considering Adoption?

If you are interested in learning about building your family through adoption, please visit us at the Aaa Alogo Only clicking here gets you to the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Website.

Interested in Joining AAARTA?

Click here for our application to AAARTA. We look forward to seeing you join AAARTA.

Review the AAARTA ethics code before joining. 


Michelle L. Conover v. Brittany D. Conover  

AAARTA signed onto an amicus brief in the above Maryland case. The Court of Appeals, MD's highest appeals court, issued its opinion today: "De facto parents have standing to contest custody or visitation and need not show parental unfitness or exceptional circumstances before a trial court can apply a best interests of the child analysis. The Court’s previous decision in Janice M. v. Margaret K., 404 Md. 661 (2008), is overruled."

Deputy Director, Margaret Swain's Report on the State of ART

AAARTA Advocacy Report by Margaret Swain, AAARTA Deputy Director -  Advocacy Report - AAARTA

AAARTA applauds Maine's new ART law.

The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys applaud the Maine Legislature for its passage of An Act to Update Maine’s Family Law.  Click  to read more details. Maine Press Release.

Academy Praises Supreme Court Opinion for being child friendly.  

The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys are gratified by the child friendly opinion embracing marriage equality, issued this morning by the United States Supreme Court.  To read full press release click .Supreme Court Decision Press Release.

Events in 2016

“THE NAKED LAWYER: Are You “Naked” On Your Professional Liability and Business Insurance?”

August 2, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 EST, speakers are Michael Carroll of Insuring Lawyer and Jenny Womack, price is $149, ”Insurance “guru” Michael Carroll of Insuring Lawyer and Academy Fellow Jenny L. Womack will discuss how to best protect yourself, your business, your staff and your clients through proper insurance. Have you considered your cyber-liability in the event of a data breach? What about liability for car accidents incurred while driving on firm business? What exactly does your professional liability insurance cover or what should it cover? Jenny and Mike will explore these topics and much more. Every attorney should participate in this webinar…after all, you don’t want to practice naked do you? To Sign up click: The Naked Lawyer

FROM HELPING TO HEALING: Tomorrow’s Children in Today’s World of Adoption and Family Formation

From Helping to Healing is a jointly sponsored conference by the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) and the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) to be held at the JW Marriott in New Orleans from September 22-24. The conference entails a child-centered focus and will explore best practices related to domestic infant adoption, foster care adoption, intercountry adoption, current issues in ARTS, and multiple issues focused on the overlap between children of adoption and assisted reproductive technology.
The joint conference is designed to bring together attorneys, social workers, adoption agencies, surrogacy programs, government workers, and other helping professionals in adoption academia, child welfare, health care, ART, and anyone with a passion for ensuring bright futures for children and families touched by adoption and ART.

All the information is on the website at including: the registration form (with discounted rate through May 30, 2016; code is H2HAttorney), hotel registration information, sponsor/exhibitor rates, and the schedule of educational and social events.

Navigating Openness in Adoption and ART Cases Over A Lifetime

On March 1, 2016, Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, and Fellows Susan L. Stockham and Maria T. Bates will present “Navigating Openness in Adoption and ART Cases Over A Lifetime – what you don’t know can hurt you, your clients and their children!” The 90 minute webinar will begin at 12:00 EST.  Whether your families intend a closed, semi-open or open family formation arrangement, this is a must attend training! You will have 30 plus years of adoption and ART experience plugged into 90 minutes and walk away with practice materials and tools that you can implement immediately. This training will also address how to help your clients navigate when contact is initiated by surprise at different stages of the child’s life, through social media, donor registries, open records, etc.  To register click OPEN ADOPTION.

2016 Educational Opportunities

Save the Date for Joint AAAA-NCFA Conference in New Orleans September 22 - September 24.

Webinars for Purchase

The Academy makes it's webinars on Adoption and ART law available for purchase.  To see the webinars available click: Webinars on ART and Adoption.