Section Newsletter Articles on Juveniles

The Child Status Protection Act is to protect children By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, October 2011 In the recently decided case of Arobelidze v. Holder, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opined that non-precedential Board of Immigration decisions, ones that do not equate with the force of law do not deserve Chevron deference, because they do not have the “power to persuade.”
Bullying Prevention Task Force: Schools need overall transformation By Jennifer Kolbusz Child Law, June 2011 While a notable increase in media reports has sky-rocketed the bullying problem into the national spotlight, a recent legislative report, completed March 1, 2011, takes aim at ensuring Illinois and its schools effectively combat this age-old problem.
Child law attorney profile: Carolynne Paulsen By Alecia Wartowski Child Law, June 2011 Get to know more about child advocate Carolynne Paulsen.
Prevention programs for youth at risk: What time of day? By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, June 2011 The recent report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides the tay of day patterns for juvenile offenses.
ADR Section Council proposes joint task force on youth violence By Joshua Bailey Alternative Dispute Resolution, April 2011 The ISBA ADR Section Council, in partnership with the Chicago Bar Association, is working to implement a Joint Task Force on Stopping the Killing of Our Children in Chicago.
Evaluation finds Cook County Child Protection Mediation Program helping broken families mend By Thomas D. Cavenagh Alternative Dispute Resolution, March 2011 By providing a forum for families and child protection professionals to communicate and work through conflicts, the Child Protection Mediation and Facilitation Program gives families with children in state custody the chance to have their voices heard regarding issues of visitation, services and placement.
Case law update By Carly Shainker Child Law, December 2010 A list of recent cases affecting child law practitioners.
Child Law Report: Illinois 96TH General Assembly By Linda S. Coon Child Law, December 2010 A summary of new laws of major interest to the ISBA's Child Law Section Council.
Spotlight on community services: Rainbows By Nicole Onorato Child Law, December 2010 The first article in a series that will highlight community organizations providing services to children above and beyond what's considered traditional.
Time to make a difference By Robert E. Wells, Jr. Alternative Dispute Resolution, December 2010 Law Day 2011 provides an ideal vehicle to re-emphasize the efforts and commitment of our profession to making this a better world. Check the next issue of this newsletter for details on how to get involved.
Early access to counsel for youth in detention By Elizabeth Clarke Child Law, November 2010 A new law requires a minor be given adequate time with counsel before a detention hearing.
Europe adopts proportionality as standard for juvenile justice By Elizabeth Clarke Child Law, November 2010 The European Rules require that sanctions/punishment must depend on the gravity of the offense committed, and take into account the youth’s age, physical and mental well-being, development, capacities and personal circumstances.  
ISBA members—You too can be involved in the solution By John Halloran Child Law, November 2010 Join us at the ISBA's Midyear Meeting on December 9th for our CLE program, “Pro Bono Basics for Assisting Youth in Need."
National report highlights Redeploy Illinois By Elizabeth Clarke Child Law, November 2010 A recently released research brief highlights Redeploy Illinois as a key example of a successful state program to reduce juvenile justice spending without compromising public safety.
The urgent need for juvenile justice reform By Mark D. Hassakis Child Law, November 2010 A look at the problems facing Illinois' juvenile justice system.
Interview with an umpire: What lawyers need to know about juvenile court By Hon. Zina Cruse Child Law, June 2010 An interview between Judge Zina Cruse and Judge James Radcliffe (Ret.).
Research finds probation as effective as incarceration in preventing repeat offending with serious offenders By Elizabeth Clarke and Mary Reynolds Child Law, June 2010 A recent study of youth who committed major felony offenses shows that incarceration is no more effective than community-based treatment.
The law and practice of youth participation in dependency cases By Amanda George Donnelly Child Law, December 2009 Historically, active youth input and participation in dependency cases has been rare. 
Legislative report: Amendments to the Adoption and Juvenile Court Acts provide new permanency options, procedures By Linda S. Coon Child Law, December 2009 The last session of the Illinois General Assembly saw new bills pass that provide new permanency options and procedures under the Adoption and Juvenile Court Acts
Legislative update Child Law, September 2009 A summary of recent legislation of interest to child law practitioners.
Performance-based model for residential services By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, September 2009 A new law directs the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to work with representatives of residential service providers and other state agencies to develop a performance-based model for these services.
Next friends: Can the attorney for the minor act as next friend in emancipation proceedings? By Sean McCumber Child Law, June 2009 The functions and powers of a next friend are the same as those of a guardian ad litem, and with the exception of on which side they represent the minor, the next friend or guardian ad litem is to represent the minor’s interest in the litigation.
The top 10 tips for representing juveniles By Mary F. Petruchius Child Law, June 2009 10 tips to help assist the private practitioner in achieving true success with the juvenile client, not just the juvenile case.
Exploring visitation rights and needs for children of non-marital families: Part I By Nicole Onorato and Karen Bowes Child Law, March 2009 The first in a two-part series looking at how children from non-marital families can establish and maintain relationships with their parents.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ relationship with needy delinquent youths By Thomas Grippando Child Law, March 2009 An examination of recent changes to Illinois law, as it applies to placement of delinquent minors into DCFS custody and guardianship.
Truancy—A view from Rockford By Kathryn Bischoff Child Law, March 2009 Rockford's Municipal Truancy Ordinance, enacted in January 2007, makes it unlawful for a student who is subject to compulsory education laws (age six through 16) to miss one or more periods of the school day without valid cause.
In re Sophia G.L.: A review of the UCCJEA in the State of Illinois By Michelle L. Blackburn General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2009 What is the status of the UCCJEA in the State of Illinois? According the Illinois Supreme Court, the UCCJEA is alive and well. The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled on the case In re Sophia G.L., No. 104603, and in doing so overturned the decision of the 4th District Appellate Court, reversing the ruling of the Greene County Circuit Court.  
Student discipline hearings By Phil Milsk Child Law, December 2008 The concept of the traditional family, typically a marital union between opposite-sex individuals and their children, is rapidly shifting.
Student discipline hearings By Phil Milsk Child Law, September 2008 Boards of Education in Illinois have the authority to suspend or expel students for “gross disobedience or misconduct” pursuant to Section 10-22.6 of the Illinois School Code. 105 ILCS 5/10-22.6(a).
When a child is in foster care: From the parent’s perspective By Christina Schneider Child Law, June 2008 Editor’s Note: Christina Schneider, Special Assistant General Counsel to DCFS, has been kind enough to provide a synopsis of the new guide for parents in the Abuse/Neglect system which will be available soon.