The Opening Doors Team (click on either name to send an email):
Mimi Laver is the Director of Legal Education as well as the Director of the Opening Doors: Improving the Legal System’s Approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Foster Care Project. In this position, she provides training, technical assistance and written resources on a number of issues including representation of parties, permanency issues, and improving outcomes for LGBTQ youth. Mimi published a book entitled Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Lawyers and Judges and edited It’s My Life. Mimi earned her JD from Temple University School of Law in 1990 and her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in 1987.
Garry Bevel is a Staff Attorney for the ABA Center on Children and the Law’s Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care project. He is a former Miami-Dade county prosecutor and litigation attorney for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. Garry received a B.A. from Florida State University and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.