Family Law Prof Blog

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

Friday, March 20, 2009

Michigan Cuts Prevention Funds

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has proposed a human services budget that cuts child welfare prevention and family preservation services, and increases funding for out-of-home care.  The Blog's March 13, 2009 entry provides a link to a study of Florida's child welfare system that demonstrates Florida's success in saving money and protecting children by employing the opposite approach.

(MIF 03-20-2009)

March 20, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Juvenile Justice Project and Conference Announcement

The Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Levin College of Law is launching the Juvenile Justice Project, an effort to benefit children locally, statewide and nationally by focusing on the juvenile justice system.  The project will provide research, advocacy, conferences, workshops and projects in this area and welcomes collaboration with others. The project will host its first conference on February 19 and 20, 2010.  The plenary speakers  are Geoffrey Canada, the founder and president of the Harlem Children’s Zone, the innovative project profiled by Paul Tough in Whatever It Takes (2008), and Shay Bilchik, Director of the Juvenile Justice Reform Project at Georgetown, and former president of the Child Welfare League of America.  Additional confirmed participants include Bob Schwartz (Juvenile Law Center), Chris Slobogin (Vanderbilt), Mark Fondacaro (John Jay College, CUNY), Alex Piquero (Maryland) and Kenneth Nunn (Florida). For further information about the first conference, which will focus on issues of prevention and avoidance,  and for the call for paper, see the website. Registration information to attend the conference will be available in fall 2009.  For more information contact: Nancy E. Dowd or Shari King

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Marriage: (re) defined

Many courts resort to the dictionary when trying to decide the "common meaning" of a word, including a word such as "marriage."

According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary here:

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Note definition 1a(2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage>.

There is apparently some controversy, reported over at  Pam's House Blend.


March 19, 2009 in Marriage (impediments) | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Marriage Developments - - - abolition or inclusion?

Perhaps the solution to the "marriage wars" is the abolition of marriage?  It's a proposal that has been made from different theoretical perspectives in years past, but of late it has been garnering attention.  TIME MAGAZINE picked up a piece published earlier this month in the SF Chronicle authored by two Pepperdine law profs who recommend that the California Supreme Court in Strauss v. Horton (the Proposition 8 case, see more here),

Direct the state to employ non-marriage terminology for all couples - be it civil union or some equivalent.

Interestingly, there is also anew California Initiative, blogged over on ConLawProf here, that

Replaces the term “marriage” with the term “domestic partnership” throughout California law, but preserves the rights provided in marriage. Applies equally to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

Meanwhile, the Vermont legislature which passed its civil union law for same-sex couples after Baker v. State,  is considering opening marriage to same-sex couples, according to the NYT here.


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