The ACLU’s Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination ProjectBy Mary F. PetruchiusApril 2015The ACLU’s Judicial Bypass Coordination Project provides minors with information about the state’s parental notice law for those seeking abortions and assistance in obtaining what is called a “judicial bypass.”
CASA—Volunteers and trainingSeptember 2015As CASA in Illinois continues to grow to meet the needs of abused and neglected children, more volunteers as well as more professionals willing to share their talents to train volunteers are needed. To learn more about CASA in Illinois, please visit www.illinoiscasa.org.
Chair’s columnBy Catherine M. RyanJanuary 2015A message from Section Chair Catherine Ryan.
How old is too old?By Jason PatelApril 2015A recent internal split between sister Divisions of the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court has spawned debate on the issues of when and why adults can be tried in juvenile court for crimes committed as minors.
An introduction to K.C.By Kelvin KakazuJanuary 2015A short primer on the steps a practitioner can take to move the court to have an agency removed.
Juvenile sex offender registration: A trend towards rehabilitationBy Lindsey LachanskiJanuary 2015While the right to a termination hearing reflects a rehabilitative approach, the court has remained reluctant to label juvenile offenders as posing no risk to society and has rejected termination of registration in cases that have provided ample evidence that a juvenile has been rehabilitated.
Legislative updateSeptember 2015Senate Bill 13 was signed into law by the Governor. Senate Bill 13 does the following:
Movement to raise the age of juvenile court to 21By Elizabeth E. ClarkeDecember 2015A new report, introduced by U.S. Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, the report, Community-Based Responses to Justice Involved Young Adults, recommends raising the age of juvenile court to 21.
The need for pro bono and how you can helpBy Michael G. Bergmann & Karen MunozDecember 2015In 2003, low-income Illinoisans attempted to resolve approximately 875,000 legal problems on their own. Given the challenging economic times and the significant cuts in federal and state funding to legal aid since 2003, there is little doubt that these problems have been exacerbated rather than reduced.
When can parents leave their children alone?By Diane L. Redleaf & Angela PetersDecember 2015The current law and policy on the question of what constitutes “inadequate supervision” is, quite frankly, a mess. In Illinois, there are at least four different legal standards at play in Illinois’ intersecting criminal, juvenile court and governing child welfare reporting and investigations law.