Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Law Review Article: Dual Disciplinary Teaching

Christina A Zawisza & Adela Beckerman, Two Heads are Better Than One: The Case-Based Rationale for Dual Disciplinary Teaching in Child Advocacy Clinics, 7 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 631 (2006). This author outlines the history and benefits of teaching child advocacy through interdisciplinary clinics. Link to Article on Westlaw (last visited 1-31-07 NVS)

February 1, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Law Review Article: ADR and Representation of Children

Kelly Browe Olson, The Importance of Using Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques and Processes in the Ethical and Informed Representation of Children, 6 NEV. L.J. 1333 (2006). This article analyzes and recommends the use of ADR processes in legal proceedings involving children. In contrast to the adversarial system, ADR incorporates confidentiality, listening, collaboration, problem-solving, information exchange, and future focus. The author explores the role of the attorney in child welfare, delinquency, and child custody proceedings. Link to Article (last visited 1-31-07 NVS)

February 1, 2007 in Child Abuse | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Law Review Article: Making Divorce Work

Marsha B. Freeman and James D. Hauser, Making Divorce Work: Teaching a Mental Health/Legal Paradigm to a Multidisciplinary Student Body, 6 BARRY L. REV. 1 (2006). This article surveys collaborative and cooperative family law practice and considers practical implications for legal education, courts, and practitioners. Link to Article on Westlaw (last visited 1-31-07 NVS)

February 1, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Aging Out" of Foster Care

"When current and former foster children formed a group to help youths who had turned 18 and were “aging out” of the system, one of the first things they did was hold a luggage drive.
“We saw that a lot of the kids were taking their clothes out in garbage bags,” said Chilton Brown, 23, a former foster child who spent ages 3 to 18 as a ward of the state, bouncing around 15 family homes or group residences.

A life contained in green plastic bags: it is the kind of humiliating detail that hits home hardest among foster youths themselves. It is also a telling sign of how unprepared many of these 18-year-olds are to live on their own, without families, jobs or school diplomas to shore them up."By Erik Eckholm, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 1-29-07 NVS)

January 30, 2007 in Child Abuse | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

World's Oldest New Mother

"A 67-year-old woman who is believed to be the world's oldest new mother told a British Sunday newspaper she lied to a U.S. fertility clinic -- saying she was 55 -- to get treatment. Carmela Bousada said in her first interview since she gave birth to twin boys on Dec. 29 that she sold her house in Spain to raise $59,000 to pay for in vitro fertilization at a California clinic, The News of the World reported.

''I think everyone should become a mother at the right time for them,'' Bousada said in a video of the interview provided to Associated Press Television News." By Associate Press, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 1-29-07 NVS)

January 30, 2007 in Alternative Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Women as "Birth-giving Machines"

"Japan's health minister described women as ''birth-giving machines'' in a speech on the falling birthrate, drawing criticism despite an immediate apology. ''The number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 is fixed. The number of birth-giving machines (and) devices is fixed, so all we can ask is that they do their best per head,'' Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Hakuo Yanagisawa said in a speech Saturday, the Asahi and Mainichi newspapers reported. Yanagisawa reportedly apologized even as he made the remarks, and later told Kyodo News agency the language he used was ''too uncivil.''" By Associated Press, N. Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 1-29-07 NVS)

January 30, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Separation Agreement Enforced

"THE news earlier this month about how a New York court treated the dissolution of a gay relationship demonstrates how far gays have come in the struggle for marriage equality and how far we have yet to go. The court held that a separation agreement between two men was binding even though they were not married. This is an advance over earlier cases in which such agreements were sometimes deemed unenforceable. At the same time, it falls far short of marriage. The case sounds like a contracts question on the New York Bar Exam. . ." By Kenji Yoshino, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 1-29-07 NVS)

January 30, 2007 in Marriage (impediments) | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)