Recent Practice Points

Five Tips for Challenging Placement in a Residential Setting

By Cristina F. Freitas, Debbie F. Freitas, and Alexandra G. Roark – September 6, 2019 | A few ideas to help you get started.

Stop Solitary Confinement for Kids

By Sophie Eaglesham – July 26, 2019 | Use this report in local facilities to make changes and in litigation to argue that isolation should not be used when there are other ways to keep children and staff safe.

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Trauma, Resilience, and the Impact on Learning

By Eliza M. Hirst – July 2, 2019 | When a child’s attorney forges a strong connection with the child and understands the brain science behind the impact of trauma, the child will often have a better chance at obtaining educational success and permanency.

Incorporating an Individualized Education Plan into Your Client’s Defense

By Cristina F. Freitas, Debbie F. Freitas, and Alexandra G. Roark – July 2, 2019 | Detailed and specific data regarding your child client’s inherent abilities, baseline functioning, and necessary accommodations can translate into better representation at school meetings and in the courtroom.

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Sound Advice Podcasts

Zealous Lawyers for Children: An Essential Part of the Child Welfare System

By Leslie Heimov | Leslie Heimov discusses why legal representation for children (and parents!) is essential within a child welfare system and how good representation helps a judge determine what is in the best interest of the child. (8:24 min)

Experts of Their Own Lives: Childrens' Participation in the Courtroom

By Erik Pitchal | Judge Erik Pitchal shares lessons he has learned about treating children as experts of their own lives and including them in court proceedings. (7:48 min)

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Children's Rights Litigation

Learn how to get involved with the Children's Rights Litigation committee and maximize your Section membership!