Your views needed: The Wisconsin Legislature is exploring reform of Wisconsin’s termination of parental rights (TPR) and adoption systems. Emily Dudak Leiter discusses the details of these potential changes, and urges section members to take the poll, linked at the end of the article, to inform the section board of your views on these critical issues.
It is the task of guardians ad litem to get to know the issues their clients are struggling with. Christie A. Linskens Christie discusses the lessons that can be learned from the examination of mass incarceration's impact in one Wisconsin community, as shown in the award-winning film, Milwaukee 53206.
Just as a not-guilty verdict does not necessarily indicate a defendant did nothing wrong, a finding of unsubstantiated child abuse might not mean the child suffered no harm. To competently assist children and their families when abuse is alleged to have occurred, lawyers must understand the terms "substantiated" and "unsubstantiated," including the differences between them and the statute defining "child abuse."
"If you can't be fair to kids you can't be fair to anyone," says State Public Defender Devon Lee. While Wisconsin has a lot of protections for kids in the juvenile justice system, it also has areas to work on. She explains where the system stands today.
On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in In re Gault, which granted certain rights to juveniles accused of committing crimes, the author reviews today’s juvenile courts, considers how juvenile courts protect minors’ due process rights, and outlines defense lawyers’ obligations to juvenile clients.
Jan. 21, 2015 – Wisconsin’s Children’s Code has long defined “child” as a “person who is less than 18 years of age.” But the statutes sometimes say otherwise. Wisconsin attorneys rely on State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE’s Wisconsin Juvenile Law Handbook for guidance on representing children of all ages in Wisconsin courts.
May 1, 2013 – The Wisconsin Records Management Committee recently updated five juvenile, guardianship, and general forms.
Jan. 10, 2013 – The state Department of Children and Families revoked a Milwaukee woman’s child care license in 2010 for crimes committed 22 years ago, under the state's new caregiver law. But the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that she’s entitled to a hearing first.
Nov. 7, 2012 – "Wisconsin hasn't hosted the National Mock Trial Championship since 1992," said State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan. "It's an honor as well as a massive undertaking, and we will need close to 1,000 experienced mock trial judges, all in the space of three days in May. Experience is the key word in the national rules. If you have never volunteered or haven't in several years for the state program, you might not be able to participate in nationals in 2014"
July 5, 2012 – Act 125, which goes into effect at the start of the 2012-13 school year, requires public and charter schools to undertake significant staff training related to understanding when and how to use seclusion and physical restraint with students. In this article, Mary Gerbig advises how to prepare for the impact of this new law.
July 5, 2012 – The Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) recently awarded $24,080 in grants to law-related programs in Wisconsin. Grants include educating the public on health care reform, providing estate planning services to Native Americans, smoothing the way through bankruptcy issues for pro se litigants, helping Spanish-speaking residents understand family court issues, expanding teen court programs, and supporting the State Bar-sponsored Mock Trial Program and the translation of a popular publicati
Too often, the child welfare system focuses on false issues, engenders adversarial rather than collaborative relationships, and delays addressing the real issues: timely resolving the safety and permanency issues crucial to a child's welfare. We must refocus the system for the sake of children and their families.
April 4, 2012 – With support from the State Bar's Children and the Law Section, a bill expanding access to juvenile records recently passed the Wisconsin Legislature. In this article, Milwaukee Assistant District Attorney Mary M. Sowinski explains why the change was encouraged, and what it does.