Kirsten Widner

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Barton Child Law and Policy Center



Areas of Expertise
Child Advocacy


Kirsten Widner directs the legislative and policy work of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, supervises students and represents the Barton Center in collaborative initiatives on the local, state, and national level.

After a successful career in business, Widner attended law school to pursue a career in child advocacy. During law school Widner represented both children and the child welfare agency through several internships in San Diego and Los Angeles. She gained policy insight and advocacy experience through her work in the University of San Diego's Center for Public Interest Law and Child Advocacy Institute. She was an editor of the San Diego Law Review, and her student Comment on a child welfare-related issue was published by the journal. Widner also was a member of her law school's national moot court team, winning a number of national honors, including Best Oralist in Capital University's 2007 Adoption and Child Advocacy Competition. She graduated from law school with honors, was awarded the Dean's Distinguished Service Award and the D'Angelo Outstanding Child Advocate Award and was elected to the Order of the Barristers.

Kirsten Widner came to the Barton Center as a post-graduate fellow in law in 2007. In January 2010 she was appointed director of policy and advocacy. She is co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Juvenile Law Committee and is a recipient of the 2010 Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Georgia YLD. As Director of the Policy and Advocacy, she supervises the Policy and Legislative Clinics.

Education: Widner received her BS from the University of San Francisco and her JD from the University of San Diego.


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