I graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1978, and passed the California Bar that same year. My first job was as a criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Eventually, I went into private practice with my husband, Kevin M. Mahan, and my first case was an independent adoption. That experience became the initial step in what has become a long and storied journey….a journey that has taken decades.
I was part of a small group of legal practitioners who helped merge bold new ideas in Family Law with innovative medical technologies in the treatment of infertility. The early formative years were exciting times, marked by great forward strides, along with a few minor setbacks. Today those efforts have become the cornerstone of a huge medical-legal industry in California that attracts people from all over the world who are in need of surrogate parenting services and/or some of their corollaries: egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation.
With the help of California’s welcoming and inclusive laws, artificial reproductive services are available to all those seeking to become parents…including heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, and unmarried singles. We have come a long way toward the goal of eradicating the heartbreak of infertility.