Articles on Juveniles

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, & 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 & 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, & 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 & 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.
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."


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