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Department of Justice in Violation Through Use of Policies of Indefinite Detainment of Children

U.S. district court judge orders DOJ to follow 1997 immigration law.


Georgia Guilty of Segregation of Students with Behavioral and Educational Disabilities

Thousands have been placed in substandard facilities with insufficient educational programs.


Children with Disabilities Found to Be Disciplined at Much Higher Rate than Other Students

UCLA's Civil Rights project studied suspension rates of students with and without disabilities.


Articles »

International Summit Sets Ambitious Agenda to Aid Street Children

By Shannon Prown and Lourdes M. Rosado

Five key issues are addressed relating to street-connected children and youth.


Handling Child Abuse Cases Involving Violent Shaking and Abusive Head Trauma

By P. Leigh Bishop, William H. Branigan, John M. Leventhal, and Mark A. Mittler

Careful investigations can protect vulnerable children while minimizing wrongful convictions.

Litigating Shaken Baby Syndrome Allegations in the Child Welfare Context

By Melissa L. Staas

The same objectivity should be applied in evaluating abusive head trauma allegations in child protection proceedings as in the criminal justice system.


Sound Advice »

audio Starting and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice, Part IV

By Jay McManus

Listen as Tiffany Friend interviews Jay McManus, the Executive Director of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, about the history of his organization and the lessons he's learned through the years. (11:52 min)


audio Starting and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice, Part III

By Frank Cervone

Lourdes Rosado interviews Frank Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, about how the center has built a large support system for children by combining full-time advocates with pro bono attorneys. (18:21 min)

audio Starting and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice, Part II

By Prof. Don Duquette

In the second installment of the series, hear as Lourdes Rosado interviews Professor Don Duquette about his experiences starting and building the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan. (16:53 min)


Roundtables »

audio Representing Very Young Children: What does Zealous Advocacy Look Like?

Providing legal representation to very young children (0–5 yrs) in dependency cases presents unique challenges. Panelists address questions by discussing what lawyers in different states and systems are actually doing to provide zealous advocacy to some of our most vulnerable clients in juvenile court.  (02:29:29)


audio Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Alone in the Courts

The number of unaccompanied immigrant youth who arrive with no adult at our borders is skyrocketing with approximately 24,000 youth detained in 2012, more than three times the number of youth detained in 2008. These children have no right to a lawyer. (00:59:14)

audio Alternatives to School Discipline: A New Frontier in Students' Rights

School districts are increasingly implementing alternative approaches to school discipline in response to the backlash on exclusionary practices that disparately impact students of color, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged minority groups. (01:03:37)


Announcements »

International Summit on the Legal Needs of Street Youth

The summit was held on June 16–17, 2015, in London, England. Read more.

Juvenile Records Model Act

Resolution 103A was presented to and adopted by the House of Delegates in August.

Directory Updates

We are in the process of updating the ABA Directory of Children's Law Programs. Contact Committee Director Cathy Krebs if you have any updates.

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