Williams Family Law is a dedicated adoption law practice, representing families and individuals in all aspects of adoption law in Kansas.
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Lisa Williams-McCallum

Adoption Attorney

After nearly a decade long career as a classroom teacher, I decided to make a change and pursue a life-long dream of going to law school. I earned my law degree from Washburn University School of Law. As part of my studies, I earned a family law certificate for completing a concentrated course of study in family law issues. 

While attending law school I was a junior editor on the Family Law Quarterly, a scholarly publication for family law practitioners, and I served as a representative on the Washburn Student Bar Association.

 Additionally, I clerked for the Honorable Mary Mattivi, District Court Judge, for the Shawnee County District Court, doing research and writing on family law cases.

I chose to focus my practice on adoption because I have a personal connection, having been adopted myself as an infant, and am now in a place to give back some of what has been given to me. As an adult I can look back and see all of the opportunities afforded me by my parents and can only hope to help others create the same love-filled life for themselves.

Below is a list of organizations of which I am a member:

American Bar Association
 * Family Law Group
 * Adoption Committee
 * Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
 * GPSolo Leadership

Kansas Bar Association
 * Family Law Section
 * Solo & Small Firm Section

Topeka Bar Association
 * Family Law Committee

Kansas Judicial Council
* Adoption Law Advisory Committee

 

Lisa and Rodney Williams

Lisa at 1 year old

The Williams family, circa 1976

The Williams family, circa 1976

Of Counsel, Alan Hazlett, Adoption Attorney

Of Counsel, Allan A. Hazlett

Adoption Attorney

Allan A. Hazlett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1965 and is a graduate University of Kansas School of Law in 1967. He was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1968. He served as Senior Judge, Shawnee County Magistrate Court from 1973 through 1977. He attended the National Judicial College in Reno, NV in 1973 and was one of eight judges in the country selected for a special faculty-training program at the Judicial College in 1974, where he also served on the faculty. During his term as judge, he developed one of the first “Diversion” programs in the United States. In 1987 he opened a solo practice in Topeka which he continues today.

Adoption related accomplishments include:

  • Fellow and Past President, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

  • Adjunct professor, Washburn Law School teaching the Adoption Law class.

  • Former Member of the Board, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

  • Represented the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys at the annual meeting of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children in California, Nevada, Rhode Island, Maryland and Washington.

  • Presenter at the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law on Perspectives on Open Adoption, Privacy vs. The Right to Know.

 

  • Appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Good Morning Scotland, as well as numerous local television and radio shows.
  • Participated in The Adoption 2002 Symposium that was a joint project of the US Departments of Justice and Health & Human Services designed to help state legislators and other policy makers to evaluate current laws and make recommendations to establish permanency for Children.
  • Invited to participate at the Netherlands Embassy to celebrate the signing of the Hague Convention on International Adoption.
  • Served as chair of the Ethics Committee and Internet Committee of American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Received an award from Missing and Exploited Children for help resolving an International Adoption kidnapping, September 2000.
  • Angel in Adoption of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute having been nominated by Senator Sam Brownback.
  • Trainer for Spaulding for Children, Understanding Infant Adoption for social workers and adoption counselors
  • Speaker, Adoption Law seminar for National Business Institute
  • Contributing author, Adoption Law In Kansas, Faculty Adoption Law In Kansas, seminar for social workers, attorneys, counselors, nurses and psychologists.
  • Founding Member Board of Governors, Gift of Adoption Fund.
  • Technical advisor to The Guiding Light, CBS television program with respect to adoption segments, Steals and Deals and Inside Edition with respect to adoption fraud.
  • Member Topeka Bar Association
  • Member Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity
  • Served on the Board of Governors, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Presenter for various programs for the Kansas and Topeka Bar Associations on Adoption Law
  • Technical advisor to The Guiding Light, CBS television program with respect to adoption segments, Steals and Deals and Inside Edition with respect to adoption fraud.
  • Member Topeka Bar Association
  • Member Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity
  • Served on the Board of Governors, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Presenter for various programs for the Kansas and Topeka Bar Associations on Adoption Law

 

Alan is a frequent writer and lecturer on adoption law. He lives in Topeka, Kansas with his wife, Peggy, who is his legal assistant. He has three adult children.

Lisa Williams and Peggy Hazlett

Lisa Williams and Peggy Hazlett