Children and the Law Posts
Children as Bargaining Chips
This Article focuses on the question of how the law should distinguish between the state’s exercise of its custodial powers for permissible grounds, such as to protect the child, and its exercise of custodial powers for impermissible grounds, such as to induce the parent to give up another right.
The Constitutional Limits on Custodial and Support Parentage by Consent
This article is the first to review comprehensively the constitutional issues arising from the new state laws on parentage by consent, including residency/hold out parentage; spousal parentage; de facto parentage; voluntary acknowledgment parentage; and assisted reproduction parentage.
Actions Taken at the 2021 Annual Meeting (May Session)
The first segment of this year’s virtual Annual Meeting adjourned last week. Below is a summary of the actions taken on May 17 and 18. All approvals by the membership at the Annual Meeting are subject to the discussion at the Meeting and the usual editorial prerogative.
Children and the Law: School Searches – Search Based on Individualized Suspicion
Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law, Tentative Draft No. 3 (TD3) will be presented to ALI membership at the 2021 ALI Annual Meeting. This post includes black letter and Comment excerpted from this draft, which contains § 10.10. Student Search by School Officials Based on Individualized Suspicion.
Stuck Between Growing up and Grown up: Delaying the Sentencing Phase for Young Adults Facing Capital Punishment in Texas
This article proposes that because capital offenders already go through a separate trial to determine their punishment, Texas courts should wait until a defendant reaches 25 before they determine whether to execute a young offender.
Maine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Prevent Prosecution of Youth Under 12
State lawmakers in Maine are looking at a bill that would ban the prosecution of young children. If the plan passes, Maine would be one of only three states to set a minimum age of 12 years old for people who can face criminal prosecution.
Visionaries Profiles The Support Center for Child Advocates
The Support Center for Child Advocates, led by Executive Director Frank P. Cervone, was recently profiled by Visionaries, documentary series. The Support Center’s mission is to advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child.
Children and the Law: Protecting the Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis
In this episode of Reasonably Speaking, juvenile justice scholar and Chief Reporter of the Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law, Elizabeth Scott guides our Children and the Law-exclusive panel through a series of discussions centering on child advocacy and juvenile law during a pandemic.
Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Eighth Amendment Claims by Juvenile Offenders Given De Facto Life Sentences for Multiple Offenses
On Friday, [Oct. 9] the Supreme Court of Arizona handed down a unanimous rejection of claims by multiple juvenile offenders subject to de facto life sentences for multiple sentences in Arizona v. Soto-Fong.
October 2020 Council Meeting Updates
At its meetings on October 13 and October 22-23, 2020, the Council reviewed and discussed Council Drafts of seven projects and approved drafts and portions of drafts.