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I have been serving the LGBT community in the Bay Area for over 17 years, helping families protect their rights through adoptions, domestic partnership consultations, and formation and dissolution of legal relationships.


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Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 50%
    25 years, 250 cases
  2. Marriage & Prenuptials: 25%
  3. Uncontested Divorce: 25%

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    I am also Emily's friend and endorse her as a mediator as well as an adoption lawyer. Emily has been on the cutting edge of parenting law for as long as I have known her and is dedicated to solving problems for couples and families through mediation. Emily is also a great writer and has authored and/or edited a number of terrific Nolo Press books to help people get through a divorce, work with a mediator, etc. Emily is smart, fair, honest, reasonable, creative and is constantly striving to improve the practice of law and to improve the quality of the experience of those who use the legal system--with or without lawyers. Emily is truly a light in our community, and a leader.


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1010 Grayson St #2
Berkeley, CA, 94710


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service, 1992-2000N/A2000
Firm of the YearAIDS Legal Referral Panel1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Author and Legal EditorNolo2003 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Emily Doskow1994 - Present
PartnerDoskow & Schwarzschild1989 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Center for Lesbian RightsMember, Board of Directors2006 - Present
Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern CaliforniaMember, Board of Directors2001 - 2003
Publication nameTitleDate
Nolo's Essential Guide to DivorceNolo's Essential Guide to Divorce2010
NoloMaking it Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, and Civil Unions2009
NoloThe Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community2009
Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay CouplesLegal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples2007
How to Change Your Name in CaliforniaHow to Change Your Name in California2005
The Guardianship Book for CaliforniaThe Guardianship Book for California2005
Do Your Own California Adoption: A Guide for Stepparents and Domestic PartnersDo Your Own California Adoption2004
Journal of Juvenile LawThe Second-Parent Trap: Parenting for Same-Sex Couples in a Brave New World1999
San Francisco AttorneyThe Evolution of the Second Parent1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AN/AN/A
Univ of California Santa CruzN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Same-Sex Adoption WorkshopAdoption for Same-Sex Couples2006
LGBT CenterIssues for Same-Sex Couples Dissolving Relationships2006
Continuing Education of the BarCounseling Unmarried Couples2001