Kris' legal experience in matters of the family is diverse and extensive. As a Law Clerk with the Los Angeles District Attorney, she tried numerous paternity and child support trials. As a licensed attorney in California, Kris served as counsel for the Juvenile Defenders Office in Orange County, CA, where she represented parents in all phases of dependency litigation. She then became a court-appointed attorney, representing juveniles in criminal matters. In addition to her work as a lawyer, Kris, for over a decade, lectured throughout the United States on all subjects of the Multi-state Bar Exam and counseled thousands of students on exam strategy and efficient study techniques.
Kris currently resides in Southern California along with her husband and their three daughters. Her ties to the community are deep and far-reaching. Kris is active in her local community and school district. She has served as a PTA legislative representative where she advocates for improvements in public education. In addition to coaching her daughter's softball team, Kris also serves as co-captain of Team Trudy - a team of runners dedicated to raising money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer research in honor of her late Mother. When not cheering on her daughters at softball games and swim meets, Kris can be found perfecting her equestrian skills.
Lauren's legal experience in adoption is diverse and extensive. As a law student, she served as a Child Advocacy Legal Intern for Whittier Law School's Center for Children's Rights, where she represented clients of low income and special needs in guardianships and adoptions. Lauren also worked for Voices for America’s Children, a children’s rights lobbyist group located in Washington, D.C., advocating for children across the country on Capitol Hill.
Lauren has utilized every resource available to her to advocate for our children's best interests, and serve as a voice to those that are too often unheard. Lauren's article on Constitutional Violations in State Laws Regarding Private Domestic Adoptions was published in Whittier’s Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.
Lauren joined Adoption Network Law Center’s team to set the highest standard for adoption professionals throughout the country, to serve as a voice to those who would otherwise be unheard, and to ultimately reform how adoptions are conducted in the United States.
Outside of her career, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, practicing yoga, and volunteering to help children in our foster care system.