Family Law Prof Blog

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

Monday, January 1, 2007

Father's Journal to Son

"He drew pictures of himself with angel wings. He left a set of his dog tags on a nightstand in my Manhattan apartment. He bought a tiny blue sweat suit for our baby to wear home from the hospital.Then he began to write what would become a 200-page journal for our son, in case he did not make it back from the desert in Iraq.

For months before my fiancé, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, kissed my swollen stomach and said goodbye, he had been preparing for the beginning of the life we had created and for the end of his own. He boarded a plane in December 2005 with two missions, really — to lead his young soldiers in combat and to prepare our boy for a life without him. Dear son, Charles wrote on the last page of the journal, “I hope this book is somewhat helpful to you. Please forgive me for the poor handwriting and grammar. I tried to finish this book before I was deployed to Iraq. It has to be something special to you. I’ve been writing it in the states, Kuwait and Iraq.

The journal will have to speak for Charles now. He was killed Oct. 14 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his armored vehicle in Baghdad. Charles, 48, had been assigned to the Army’s First Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division, based in Fort Hood, Tex. He was a month from completing his tour of duty." By Dana Canedy, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 1-1-07 NVS)

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Call for Papers: Youth and Law

S P E C I A L I S S U E :


The New York University Review of Law & Social Change is soliciting articles, essays, and comments from faculty, practitioners, and students for publication in a special issue on Youth and the Law

This is a broad topic encompassing many potential issues, including but not limited to:

Education | Juvenile Justice | Youth Organizing

Political Involvement | Issues Particular to Immigrant Youth

Family Law | Youth and the Police | Youth and Race

WHY THIS ISSUE? WHY NOW? Courts and legislatures have recently focused on a number of issues related to young people and the law. In November 2006, the New York Court of Appeals rendered a final decision in CFE v. State, a public school funding reform case. Congress is considering a bill (S. 403) that would punish doctors for performing abortions on teens from other states, as well as a non-parent relative’s decision to help the teens. In 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roper v. Simmons, invalidating the death penalty as applied to crimes committed by minors. In December 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over race-based assignments in K-12 school districts. The Child Status Protection Act (2002) eases naturalization requirements for children of immigrants.

The consequences are complex and manifold, and we believe they are worthy of systematic discussion and analysis.

Articles selected for publication in this special issue will appear in the Fall of 2007.

ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE. The NYU Review of Law & Social Change was created in response to students’ and faculty’s concerns that the dominant legal discourse in most law reviews failed sufficiently to address gross inequities along the lines of race, gender, class, sexuality, age, and ability. Over the past thirty-five years, Social Change has remained true to that commitment, while growing in scope and stature. Originally an annual publication, Social Change now publishes four issues per year, including articles by nationally recognized scholars, legal practitioners, and activists as well as NYU law students.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2007

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New York





Email Ravi Rajendra, one of the journal’s Article Selection Editors, at


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