Child Welfare

Child Welfare is a System in Need of Umpires

A few weeks ago, a retired judge shared with me how he’d reform juvenile court. He remarked, “I’d tell judges they shouldn’t be umpires. They need to do more than call balls and strikes. They […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: The Era of Closed Courtrooms Should End

For more than a century, there has been a tradition of maintaining confidentiality in the juvenile and family courts, where abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, and even paternity cases are held. In various forms, virtually every […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: The Day I Became a Family Defense Lawyer

This week, a forthcoming major study will demonstrate that high-quality, legal representation of parents by institutional providers in New York City got children with their families four months faster than those parents represented by solo […]

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Blue Ribbon Commission

Old Judge, New Bench

By Holden Slattery A young man wearing a spotless suit and a tie walks into the courtroom. He looks confident and poised. He could be a lawyer—only he’s too young. The teenager, Javier, is at […]