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Response to "What Child Welfare Attorneys Need to Know about Shaken Baby Syndrome"

We will be publishing an alternative view by an assistant district attorney to the article in the summer edition of the Children’s Rights newsletter.


Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap?

An analysis of discipline data at schools for every district across the nation.


Articles »

Better Outcomes for Older Youth of Color in Foster Care

By Martha L. Raimon, Kristen Weber, and Amelia Esenstad

Professionals and advocates need to know about and attend to these three critical areas.

What Child Welfare Attorneys Need to Know about Shaken Baby Syndrome

By Katherine Judson

Health problems and accidents may present the same symptoms as abusive head trauma.

Baker & McKenzie and Google Host Children's Rights Summit

By Amanda Kottke and Trenny Stovall

The inaugural summit addressed how disrupting barriers and innovating solutions can improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.


Sound Advice »

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)

audio Lessons from Juvenile Clients

By Brent Pattison

Listen as Professor Brent Pattison and current law student and former foster-care child Lori Bullock discuss three critiques of legal representation brought forth by young people who are in the child-welfare system. (7:56 min)


Roundtables »

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 will be held on June 16–17, 2015, in London, England.

Juvenile Records Model Act

The Children's Rights Litigation Committee will be presenting Resolution 103A to 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.

Children's Rights Litigation Leadership


Committee Cochairs

Committee Director/
Newsletter Editor


Web Editors

Rosa Hirji

Los Angeles, CA

Ira Lustbader

New York, NY

Lourdes M. Rosado

Philadelphia, PA

Catherine Krebs

Washington, D.C.

Marlene Sallo

Washington, D.C.

Jen Baum

New York, New York