Law Quadrangle (formerly Law Quad Notes)


This essay originally was delivered as the John FitzRandolph Leture at Whittier Law school on September 10, 2002.

The common law speaks to us in parables. Ours is Drummond v. Fulton County Department of Family and Children's Services. Just before Christmas 1973, a boy named Timmy was born to a white mother and a black father. A month later, his mother was declared unfit, and the Department of Family and Children's Services placed Timmy with white foster partents - Robert and Mildred Drummond. Then the Drummonds asked to adopt Timmy.