Race & Ethnicity

ICWA and Indian Heritage: So Much More than “Paperwork”

ICWA and Indian Heritage: So Much More than “Paperwork”

During the summer of 2016, as a 2L law student at the University of Denver, I had the opportunity to intern for the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative. As part of my duties, I was charged with observing dependency and neglect court proceedings to ensure that children in Colorado are receiving the best representation possible. While observing one particular case, I witnessed an incident that I will never forget. I entered the courtroom and began taking notes per my

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Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

It’s a lot thicker! That was the most common initial reaction from NACC members at our recent annual conference in Philadelphia to our new, third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. Yes, pick up this substantial book and you’ll notice we’ve gone from 788 pages to 1,127 in order to more fully cover what an attorney (or judge, or social worker) needs to know in this field.

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Expanding the Conversation Around Native Youth and Teen Dating Violence

Expanding the Conversation Around Native Youth and Teen Dating Violence

Last week, the NCJFCJ published their third article in the series, “Native Youth and Teen Dating Violence.” Rather than write a follow-up post this week, we’ve chosen to share a piece of insight left in a Facebook comment to the NCJFCJ article. Executive Director Kendall Marlowe provides a brief introduction. This week’s article in the teen dating violence series from our friends at NCJFCJ concerns “Native Youth and Teen Dating Violence.” I’d love to share a few words of well-informed

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Laquan McDonald and Police Brutality: Why Dependency and Delinquency Attorneys Must Care About Racial and Social Justice

Laquan McDonald and Police Brutality: Why Dependency and Delinquency Attorneys Must Care About Racial and Social Justice

You know by now that 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was gunned down by a Chicago Police Officer in October, 2014. Just another police shooting of an African American youth in Chicago and Cook County, it’s reasonable for you to think. Excessive force – if the euphemism can be permitted in this case – is an issue of social justice, and here, racial justice. But if you work in dependency and delinquency courts, you have your own mountains to climb, your own

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“We’re Better Than This”: The Prison Kids Documentary and Juvenile Detention

“We’re Better Than This”: The Prison Kids Documentary and Juvenile Detention

Working with court-involved kids and families is difficult but also maddeningly complex. It’s therefore tough to convey what we see and why we think they way we do about reform. We can’t turn to a friend or a neighbor and readily share a simple sound bite that tells the story. A documentary can communicate what we often can’t, and there’s an especially good one on juvenile justice out there right now: Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children (click here

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