I am a lawyer. I work exclusively for adult adopted people.
Gregory D. Luce
Attorney and Founder, Adoptee Rights Law Center
Gregory D. Luce is a Minnesota-based attorney and a DC-born adoptee. He is the founder of Adoptee Rights Law Center and the president of Adoptees United Inc. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was awarded the Justitia Award for the most promising graduate of the law class of 1993.
I help adult adopted people navigate legal challenges in obtaining their own original birth certificates, securing U.S. citizenship, and seeking information to which they are entitled. I also work to develop broader legal strategies to challenge existing legal frameworks that operate to deny adopted people basic and fundamental rights of identity.
My work involves four primary areas:
- Sealed original birth certificates and court records. I have been successful in unsealing court records and obtaining court orders in Minnesota to release original birth certificates, court records, and—in some cases—adoption agency records. This practice, however, is limited solely to adoptions finalized in Minnesota.
- Citizenship for intercountry adoptees. I represent intercountry adoptees on issues related to U.S. citizenship, whether naturalization, renewing legal permanent residency status, or obtaining proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certificate of citizenship or U.S passport. Practice limited solely to federal immigration law.
- Legislative strategy and action. In my role with Adoptees United Inc., a national nonprofit organization, I track and analyze state and federal adoptee rights legislation across the country. I also support efforts that will lead to an unrestricted right of an adult adopted person to request and obtain his or her own original birth certificate. I am also an active and strong ally for federal legislative efforts related to passage of the Adoptee Citizenship Act.
- Coalition work with other committed adoptee rights organizations. I am a founder and the president of Adoptee United Inc., a national nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to securing identity rights, U.S. citizenship, and equality for all adult adopted people in the United States. The Adoptee Rights Law Center is also founding member of the New England Adoptee Rights Coalition, the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition, the Capitol Coalition for Adoptee Rights, and the Texas Adoptee Rights Coalition.
Current and Ongoing Projects
United States of OBC
I monitor legislation across the country and in the U.S. Congress that relates to an original birth certificate as well as to citizenship issues for intercountry adoptees.
I am creating flowcharts for each state to show how complicated or simple it is to obtain an original birth certificate. Here’s an example.
The core of what I do. I represent adoptees and descendants who seek records or other information from Minnesota courts, agencies, or archives. I also represent intercountry adoptees across the country who need legal help in securing or proving US citizenship.
I surveyed hundreds of adoptees to determine the rate of success or failure in getting an OBC. Read more about the project here, and I roll out state-specific data when it helps in state legislative issues.