Articles on Child Abuse

Child abuse: Is it a removable offense? By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, April 2016 Condoning excessive corporal punishment is not acceptable. The problem is, how do our laws—and which ones, federal or state statutes—tell us when such discipline or abuse abrogates the line in the area of immigration law?
When does corporal punishment become excessive? By Andrew Zerante Child Law, April 2015 What do Illinois' statutes say as to when reasonable discipline becomes child abuse?
Prenatal drug use: Functionalistic vs. formalistic approaches By Heather A. Abell Women and the Law, June 2013 Will a mother’s prenatal drug use result in a finding of child abuse or neglect once the fetus is born?
Forfeiture by wrongdoing and the Illinois Rules of Evidence By Patrick M. Kinnally Civil Practice and Procedure, November 2011 Forfeiture by wrongdoing should no longer be a doctrine which is only applicable in our state criminal trial courts. New rules can create imaginative ways of thinking and litigating for civil practitioners who use them.
Class action challenges Illinois DCFS investigators’ threats in the United States Supreme Court By Angela Peters Family Law, March 2008 In 1997, a class of parents and child-serving professionals filed a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Family Services, seeking extensive reform of DCFS investigations, based on violations of due process.
Obtaining law enforcement records: Remember the Daniels case By Matthew A. Kirsh Family Law, October 2007 Imagine you represent children whose mother is accusing the father of sexual abuse.
Illinois clergy as mandated reporters By Maria M. Ramirez Strohmeier Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, March 2004 The attorney-client privilege is one of the cornerstones of our profession.
Corporal punishment: Justification to beat a child* By Jennifer Wilke Child Law, January 1999 This is the inaugural article in what is to be an ongoing cooperation between the ISBA Child Law Section, Northern Illinois University College of Law, and the students of Professor Lawrence Schlam's Child Law Seminar in publishing at least one article in each issue of the section newsletter on practical and informative current topics of interest to child law practitioners in Illinois. Ideas for future topics to be researched and written by NIU law students are most welcome.

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