Warren Binford, JD, Ed.M

W.H. Lea for Justice Endowed Chair in Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy
Director for Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy at the Kempe Center

Warren Binford

email:    Warren.Binford@cuanschutz.edu
office:    Fulginiti Pavilion - Room 201


Warren Binford is an international children’s rights scholar and advocate whose research and writing largely focuses on 21st century forms of childhood harms. She has published a wide variety of 80+ works and given hundreds of presentations worldwide. Media appearances on children’s issues include CNN, BBC, NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, New Yorker, Atlantic, and many others. 

Professor Binford was selected both as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa in 2012 and as the inaugural Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness at the University of Calgary in 2015, among numerous other awards and distinctions. 

In 2020, Professor Binford became the inaugural W.H. Lea Endowed Chair for Justice in Pediatric Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Colorado where she is a Professor of Pediatrics (tenured), Professor of Law (by courtesy), and a core faculty member in the Center for Bioethics and the Humanities at the CU School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of Law, Policy and Ethics at CU’s Kempe Center on the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.  

Professor Binford holds a BA, summa cum laude with distinction, in Literature and Psychology and an Ed.M. in Early Childhood Education from Boston University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.



  • Undergraduate Education: Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Master’s Education: Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Legal Education: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA


  • International children’s rights
  • 21st century forms of child abuse, exploitation & trauma
  • Evidence-based child advocacy and decision-making
  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to child-focused
    research and policy


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