About the Author



Erik Smith has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State University Bakersfield, a master's degree in Human Factors Psychology from the University of South Dakota, and a degree in Swedish Language from the University of Uppsala (Kursverksamheten 1982.)


In 1993, Mr. Smith was the natural father in a contested adoption, similar to the “Baby Jessica” case and which lasted a year and a half. After the litigation, Mr. Smith began studying law. He is a certified paralegal in Columbus, Ohio. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, and PBS regarding adoption law and has published several of his articles on the internet and in hard copy publications such as Ohio Lawyer, Air Force Law Review, Adoption Today, and Midwifery Today.


Mr. Smith has also worked as a Swedish language translator, foreign book reporter, and as a guest researcher for the Swedish government.



Mr Smith has appeared on national television and radio regarding adoption law and has published several of his articles on the internet and in hard copy. His publications include:

Jurisdiction in Contested Adoptions. Probate Law Journal of Ohio. (Pending for Sep/Oct 2010).


Broken Dreams and Nightmares: County Agency Child Support in Disrupted Adoptions. (With Susan Eisenman) American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Newsletter. (Winter 2009).


Putative Father Registry Deadlines and the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act. Air Force Law Review 175. Summer 2007.


What Birthfathers Don’t Know Hurts Everyone. Adoption Today. June/July 2005 Issue: Volume 7 Number 6. Also Social Issues Firsthand: Adoption. Greenhaven Press 2005. David M. Haugen & Matthew J. Box, Eds.


Interview with Erik Smith: Safe Haven Laws are Irresponsible, Wrong, Ineffective, and Unconstitutional. The Daily Bastardette. Posted June 30, 2005. http://bastardette.blogspot.com/


The Basics of the Ohio Putative Father Registry. Ohio Lawyer. (March 2005)


Paralegal Debunks Response to Safe Haven Report. Bastard Quarterly, Vol. 6, Iss.1: Fall 2003.


Midwifery and the Constitution, Midwifery Today. Issue 65 Spring 2003


Understanding the Legal System. From Calling to Courtroom. 68 pp. Midwivestrial, June 04. (also on the internet at http://www.fromcallingtocourtroom.net)

Midwifery and State Law Desk Reference. Waiver of Appellate Review. From Calling to Courtroom. Appendices I -II at http://www.fromcallingtocourtroom.net. June 04. 46 pp.

Response to “The Need For State Birth Father Registries.” http://adoption.about.com. April 16, 2004.

Unwed Fathers: Preventing your infant child from being adopted without your consent. http://adoption.com April 2004.

Case Report—Ohio. http://adoption.about.com. April 2004.

Waves. Poetry Super Highway. http://www.poetrysuperhighway.com/ppotw.html Feb. 8, 2004


Rebuttal: Safe Haven Laws Seriously Flawed. August 30, 2003, Adoption Guide http://adoption.about.com


National Directory of Putative Father Registries, July 11, 2003, Adoption Guide http://adoption.about.com


The Ohio Putative Father Registry—The What? July 2, 2003, Originally published on the Adoption Guide http://adoption.about.com


An Analysis of Driver Steering Patterns in a Simulator and in an Instrumented car: A Validation Study, 1987. (Master’s Thesis) 100 pp.


Human Engineering Concerns in Interior Ambulance Design in Sweden and the U.S., follow-up to Human Engineering Concerns in Interior Ambulance Design (above, unpublished, 1987)


Human Engineering Concerns in Interior Ambulance Design, Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, Dayton, Ohio, 1986.


Smith, E. and Laurell, H. Driving Simulator Validity as a Function of Steering Dynamics and Task Demands, Proceedings of the Human Factors Assoc. of Canada, Montreal, Canada, 1987.


The Seventh Service Game; Humor in Foreign Language Teaching, Paper presented at the Conference for Humor in Education, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, 1988.

Copyright © Erik L. Smith.