Legal Expertise on Adoption Law

Dawn Coppock, Tennessee's leading adoption attorney, offers extensive law resources, consulting, training, and mediation for attorneys and judges.
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Tennessee Adoption Attorney

Dawn Coppock is Tennessee’s Leading Adoption Attorney. Dawn offers extensive adoption law resources and services for attorneys and courts.

Dawn is a Fellow in the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and on the executive committee of the Tennessee Bar Association Adoption Committee and is a member of many other professional organizations. She trains other lawyers and adoption professionals, consults with other lawyers, and is a certified Rule 31 Family Law Mediator.

“Dawn Coppock is nothing short of Tennessee’s best adoption lawyer. Dawn literally wrote the go to book on adoption law for our state. Being a lawyer myself I did extensive research before hiring an adoption lawyer. Dawn is smart, honest and extremely professional. In summary, if you need an adoption lawyer and hire Dawn Coppock, you will be very well represented. “

Former Client

Adoption Law Resources and Services for Attorneys, Judges and Courts

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Consultations with Attorneys and Judges

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Judges may always call directly and anytime at 865.933.8173. The judge is responsible for compliance with the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court 10, RJC 2.9 (A)(2) on consulting disinterested experts.

Dawn sets aside time almost every week to provide free technical assistance to attorneys. Dawn also offers paid, one-time consultations and consulting over the course of a case.

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Tennessee Rule 31 Mediator

Dawn Coppock is the right Tennessee Rule 31 family law mediator when children’s lives and relationships hang in the balance. Her mediation goal is child-centered, collaborative solutions that safely maintain a child’s significant connections. 


Discussion with marriage counselor, mediator or relationship psychologist.
Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law

Authored the Book on Tennesee Adoption Law

In 1997, Dawn wrote the book on Tennessee Adoption law. She’s kept it up-to-date ever since. Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law is now in its 7th edition and is the go-to adoption law resource for judges and lawyers in Tennessee. The book includes a checklist for each common type of case, and Dawn’s practice forms in Word format provided on disc. Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law and the most recent supplement is available at many public and law libraries and may be purchased from the publisher:

Law Blog

Tennessee’s best interest factors are now BETTER

On April 22, 2021, the Governor signed HB200/SB205, new factors for judges to consider to determine the best interest of a child in a termination of a parental rights case. My detailed analysis is HERE.

Legislative Advocacy Video Plus Sample Letter Click above to play the legislative advocacy video. Sample legislator letter below: Dear Senator (or Representative) Schmo: I live in XXXX (If you live in the lawmaker's district). I am an attorney/adoptive parent/ environmental...

Resources and Articles

Summary of Tennessee Adoption Law

Tennessee’s New Adoption Law by Dawn Coppock and Michael S. Jennings – July 2018*

Shortened Surrender Revocation Period by Dawn Coppock– December 2015*

A New Concept. Enforceable Post-adoption Contact Agreements Come to Tennessee By Michael S. Jennings and William H. Vetterick – May 2019*

*Used with permission of the Tennessee Bar Journal,
a publication of the Tennessee Bar Association

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