Deborah L. Forman

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor of Law Emeritus, Whittier Law School

Deborah L. Forman


Prof. Forman joined the faculty of Whittier Law School in 1990. Since her appointment, she has taught Torts, Family Law and various seminars in family-law related topics. Her scholarship has focused largely on family law, particularly issues concerning non-traditional families, including unwed fathers and same-sex parents. In 1998, she published a book, Every Parent’s Guide to the Law, a comprehensive treatment of a vast array of legal issues facing parents. From 1999 to 2007, Prof. Forman served as Director of the Whittier Law School Center for Children’s Rights. During her tenure, she spear-headed creation of the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, was involved in the establishment of the Law School’s Children’s Rights Clinic and organized yearly symposia on issues ranging from adoption to special education, in addition to enhancing the opportunities for and working closely with the Children’s Rights Fellows in the program.

In 2007, Prof. Forman brought her expertise in children’s rights to public policy work. As a consultant with Public Works, Inc., Prof. Forman drafted reports and presented recommendations to Washington State’s Department of Early Learning. That year, she also had the opportunity to meld her interest in and knowledge of both torts and family law, when she joined the National Fertility Law Center as Of Counsel. In that capacity, she specialized in counseling physicians on informed consent issues and drafting forms that reflect the unique issues faced by fertility clinics and their patients. In 2009, she was appointed to the newly formed Legal Advisory Group of the American Fertility Association.

Current Courses:

Common Law Analysis: Torts