January 26, 2011 20:43 Age: 3 yrs

IN BRIEF: New Barton Center Director Appointed


Melissa Dorris Carter is the new director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. She began Dec. 1.

Carter has been associated with the Barton Center for years, having interned through the Summer Child Advocacy Program and having served as the Barton Post-Graduate Fellow in Law for two years.

She has held leadership posi­tions in the feder­ally funded Court Improvement Projects of both Georgia and Illinois and in private practice as an adoption attorney. She was deputy director of Georgia’s Office of the Child Advocate for three years before being appointed director in February. Carter is a published scholar on child welfare policy and a federal child welfare reviewer and an active member and former chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Juvenile Law Committee. She earned her JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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