Diane Redleaf

Andrew Brown


Diane L. Redleaf, J.D., is a nationally-respected family defense attorney and the recent author of a new book that describes her long career at the forefront of family defense work in the United States, They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families At Risk (ABC-Clio, November 2, 2018). She founded the Family Defense Center in 2005 and served as its Executive Director until 2016, after a long career as a family defense lawyer at the Legal Assistance Foundation (Chicago)(1979-1996) and the private civil rights firm of Lehrer and Redleaf (1996-2005).  In  November 2016, she initiated a dialogue process with leading family advocates who identify themselves as liberal/progressive and those who identify themselves as conservative/libertarian. The result became United Family Advocates.

Diane is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was an Articles and Book Review Editor of the Stanford Law Review, and she is a magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College, with a B.A. in philosophy. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband Anatoly Libgober, a mathematician. She has two grown children who live in New Haven Connecticut and Los Angeles California.

More information about Diane's work is available at www.familydefenseconsulting.com.

Diane can be reached at familydefensenconsulting@gmail.com.



Andrew C. Brown, J.D. is the director of the Center for Families and Children at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Andrew has dedicated his career to serving vulnerable children and strengthening families through community-focused, liberty-minded solutions. As an attorney, he has represented children in the child welfare system, advocated for the rights of parents, and helped build families through domestic and international adoption.

Andrew earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from Baylor University and his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Virginia. His work on international adoption law and other child welfare issues has been published in leading legal journals and respected media outlets.

Andrew and his wife, Jen, live in Austin, Texas and recently welcomed their first child. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, cycling, and cooking.