Barbara
Atwood
Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law; Director, Family and Juvenile Certificate Program
Office Number: 
265
Office Phone: 
5206211912
Office Fax: 
5206219140

Biographical Information

Professor Atwood is the Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita and Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. After graduating from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1976, she clerked for the late Mary Anne Richey, United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and then worked as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She taught at the University of Houston Law Center from 1981 to 1986 and returned to Arizona to join the University of Arizona law faculty in 1986. Professor Atwood's scholarship explores topics at the intersection of civil procedure and family law, with a particular focus on issues of voice and representation for marginalized groups. She has spoken at national and international conferences on child representation, child's voice, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and private ordering in family law. Her books include Children, Tribes, and States:  Adoption and Custody Conflicts Over American Indian Children (2010) and A Courtroom of Her Own:  The Life And Work of Judge Mary Anne Richey (1998). Professor Atwood was appointed to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2006 by then-Governor Janet Napolitano and continues to serve as a Uniform Law Commissioner. She is currently the chair of the Family Law Arbitration Act Drafting Committee for the Uniform Law Commission. Professor Atwood is a Board member of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and served as president of that group in 2012. In 2013 she was appointed Judge Pro-Tem of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Representative Publications

  • Hard Facts, Muddled Law:  Deciphering the Baby Veronica Decision, 93 B.U. L. Rev. Annex 3 (2013).
  • A New Uniform Law for Premarital and Marital Agreements, 46 Fam. L.Q. 313 (2012) (co-author, with Brian H. Bix).
  • Marital Contracts and the Meaning of Marriage, 54 Ariz. L. Rev. 11 (2012).
  • Representing Children Who Can't or Won't Direct Counsel:  Best Interests Lawyering or No Lawyer at All?, 53 Ariz. L. Rev. 381 (2011).
  • Children, Tribes, and States:  Adoption and Custody Conflicts Over American Indian Children (2010).
  • Achieving Permanency for American Indian and Alaska Native Children:  Lessons from Tribal Traditions, 37 Capital U. L. Rev. 239 (2008).
  • The Voice of the Indian Child:  Strengthening the Indian Child Welfare Act Through Children's Participation, 50 Ariz. L. Rev. 127 (2008).
  • Complete List of Publications

Education

J.D.
University of Arizona
1976

Graduation with Highest Distinction, Order of the Coif

B.A.
Mary Baldwin College
1969

Graduation with Honors

Admitted to Practice

Arizona

Work Experience

Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita
James E. Rogers College of Law
2011 - present
Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
1998 - 2010
Associate Dean
University of Arizona College of Law
1989 - 1991
Acting Associate Dean
University of Arizona College of Law
1988 - 1989
Professor of Law
University of Arizona College of Law
1986 - 1998
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center
1981 - 1986
Visiting Associate Professor
University of Arizona College of Law
1980 - 1981
Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
1978 - 1979
Law Clerk
Hon. Mary Anne Richey, U.S. District Court, Tucson, Arizona
1976 - 1978

Organizations

Fellow, American Bar Foundation
2003 - present
International Society of Family Law
2001 - present
Association of American Law Schools, Family and Juvenile Law Section
Executive Committee
1989 - 1990
Chair
1988
Vice-Chair
1987
Arizona State Bar
1976 - present

Public & Institutional Service

President, Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
2012
Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Family and Conciliation Courts
2009 - 2012
Arizona Supreme Court Admission on Motion Task Force
2009
Member, Academic Advisory Committee to ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements
2007 - 2009
Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
2006 - present
Reporter, Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Custody Proceedings Act, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
2004 - 2007
Member, Arizona Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission
2001 - 2007; Vice-Chair, 2005; Chair, 2006
Member, United States Magistrate Judge Selection Committee for the District of Arizona
1997

Awards

University of Arizona Alumni Association Extraordinary Faculty Award
2011
John Strong Teaching Award and SBA Teacher Of the Year
2011
Leslie F. and Patricia Bell Faculty Service Award
2010
Arizona Women Lawyers Association Alice Truman Award
2009
Graduate College Graduate and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award
2004
Sarah Sorin Award, Arizona Women Lawyers Association
2004
Leslie F. and Patricia Bell Faculty Award
2001
YWCA Women on the Move Award
1998
Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Arizona College of Law
1998
Soroptimists Women Helping Women Award
1998
Study Grant, Arizona Humanities Council
1993, 1992
Sarah Weddington Award, Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona
1989