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Section Newsletter Articles on Juveniles

‘Adequately’ representing children’s best interests: Expanding the toolbox By Mark Simons Child Law, June 2014 A review of several cases reveals that what is important is not the type of representation the child has, but the adequacy of that representation.
Case summaries By Danya A. Grunyk Child Law, June 2014 Recent cases of interest to child law practitioners.
Human trafficking of children By Dixie Lee Peterson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Recognizing the serious problem caused by the human trafficking of children, the Illinois General Assembly amended the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to include human trafficking as abuse.
UCCJEA: Understanding the basics By Tony Vechiola and Mike Hudzik Child Law, June 2014 A highlight of the key provisions of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act.
Case highlight: In re Raheem M., No. 4-13-0585 By Betsy Clarke Child Law, February 2014 This recent opinion reversed a commitment to IDJJ by a Vermilion County judge on the basis of the judge’s failure to actively seek evidence that commitment was the least restrictive alternative.
Child’s wishes under the IMDMA By Jon D. McLaughlin Child Law, February 2014 While a court should consider the preferences of the child in awarding custody, a court is not bound by that preference.
Seminar on the commercial sexual exploitation of children By Yolaine Dauphin Administrative Law, February 2014 On October 10, 2014, the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities & the Law and the Administrative Law Section Council propose to conduct a seminar on human trafficking, focusing on the plight of children who are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice—What’s happening in our state juvenile prisons? By Elizabeth Clarke Child Law, December 2013 A look at the system since it was implemented more than six years ago.
Redeploy Illinois program comes to several counties in the First Judicial Circuit By Kimberly L. Dahlen Child Law, December 2013 The Redeploy Illinois Program for juveniles will begin January 2014, in the First Judicial Circuit counties of Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Saline, and Union.
The ABA Model Act on the representation of children in abuse, neglect and dependency cases—An overview By Joanna Wells Child Law, May 2013 The Model Act provides a framework for a sea change in the way child lawyers in juvenile neglect and abuse cases function in Illinois.
CASA: Specialized advocates for medically at-risk kids By Stefanie L. Cooley Child Law, May 2013 Children who are medically fragile or those having special, medical needs are provided an advocate able to comprehend the medical diagnoses and convey to the courts the meaning behind medical terminology.
Extended juvenile jurisdiction: The carrot/stick option for redirecting a delinquent minor By Harry E. Clem Child Law, May 2013 In any case where a minor is at least age 13 and is charged with a felony, the State may ask the court to designate the case as an extended juvenile jurisdiction (EJJ) prosecution pursuant to 705 ILCS 405/5-810.
Raising the age of adult criminal prosecutions By Betsy Clarke Child Law, May 2013 The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission has recommended raising the misdemeanor age to include 17-year-old youth charged with felony offenses (but not violent felonies subject to automatic transfer to adult court).
CASA: Stability saves By Stefanie L. Cooley Child Law, December 2012 CASA is an organization of volunteer advocates appointed by the court to advocate for an individual child in the foster care system. Appointment of a CASA volunteer not only provides more comfort and a feeling of empowerment in each foster child by giving them a voice, it also decreases the length of time a child stays in foster care.
Caselaw summaries By Victoria C. Kelly, Hilary A. Sefton, Leah D. Setzen, and Doreen R. Stec Child Law, December 2012 Recent cases of interest to Child Law practitioners.
Home alone: Legal considerations in the decision to leave children unattended By Amy A. Schellekens Child Law, December 2012 Parents should educate themselves on the legal parameters and guidelines regarding leaving children alone, but ultimately the decision should be based on that specific child’s needs and capabilities.
HOUSE BILLS—Criminal, Juvenile & Traffic By Steve Baker Criminal Justice, December 2012 Recent legislation of interest to criminal law practitioners.
CASA: Helping the courts and neglected minors By Stefanie L. Cooley Child Law, September 2012 The Court Appointed Special Advocates program promotes stability for foster care children and limits the costs associated with the length of time a child spends in foster care as well as state-funded legal counsel through increased communication between the children and the courts.
Cook County juvenile detention reduction initiative By Hon. Michael P. Toomin and William R. Sullivan Bench and Bar, September 2012 Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, of the Cook County Circuit Court, recently commended the judges of the Juvenile Justice Division for diverting 269 minors, who otherwise faced detention, into alternative community and faith-based programs designed to address individual problems and needs.
In re Austin M. By David House Child Law, September 2012 The case of In re Austin M. is an extremely important decision regarding representation of juveniles in delinquency petitions and should be read with careful attention by all who practice in the this area.  
Case law summaries By Danya A. Grunyk, Hilary A. Sefton, Victoria C. Kelly, and Leah D. Setzen Child Law, June 2012 Recent cases of interest to child law attorneys.
The gravity of adhering to visitation rules in foster placements in Illinois By Emily Livingston Child Law, June 2012   These otherwise positive arrangements can turn detrimental when participants begin to veer from the rules of visitation. The diligent Juvenile Court lawyer should be aware of the life-changing consequences when parents and foster caregivers do not abide by visitation rules in foster placements.
Ten things to know before handling a juvenile delinquency case By Hon. Robert J. Anderson Child Law, June 2012 Lawyers who are unfamiliar with juvenile law are often surprised by things that happen in Juvenile Court. You should not be one of those lawyers.
Stop the killing By Hon. Ann Breen-Greco Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2012 Many schools have ADR practices written into their Code of Conduct but somehow it is not working as well as it should.
HOUSE BILLS—Criminal, Juvenile & Traffic By Steve Baker Criminal Justice, February 2012 Recent cases of interest to criminal law practitioners.
In re Jonathon C.B.: Shackling in juvenile court, no right to jury trial By Steve Baker Child Law, February 2012 A review of the recent case of In re Jonathon C.B. and its ramifications.
My client said what? Motion to suppress statement practice in juvenile delinquency proceedings By Hon. Harry E. Clem Child Law, February 2012 What is the likelihood that a motion to suppress a minor’s confession in a juvenile delinquency proceeding will be granted? It depends upon the circumstances.
Seeking employment: A program designed to assist youthful offenders By Paul B. Novak Child Law, February 2012 The newly created “Youthful Offender Job Readiness Program” is designed to assist youthful offenders involved in the juvenile justice system to gain employment with the goal to keep them out of the criminal justice system.
Supreme Court issues ruling potentially restricting use of student admissions to police liaison officers By Matthew Cohen and Naoshi Cummings Child Law, February 2012 A recent Supreme Court decision, J.D.B. v. North Carolina, raises new questions about the ability of police officers, including school police liaisons/school resource officers, to use in-school interrogations as evidence in court unless they have given the student Miranda warnings.
Update: Against the best interest of children: Religious discrimination, civil unions, foster care and adoption By Linda S. Coon Child Law, November 2011 A discussion of the reasons for the ISBA Child Law Legislation Subcommittee's opposition to a bill in the Illinois Senate that would have amended the Civil Union Act to allow "religious child welfare agencies" to discriminate under some circumstances.