Posts Tagged right to counsel

LSU Football, the U.S. Congress, and the American Child’s Right to Counsel

LSU Football, the U.S. Congress, and the American Child’s Right to Counsel

This past Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C. was an anomaly on two counts: the weather was comfortably dry and the U.S. Congress took a moment to consider justice for children. Miracles do happen. Amy Harfeld of Children’s Advocacy Institute and Rricha Mathur of First Focus partnered with NACC and the ABA Center on Children and the Law to produce a Congressional Briefing on Children’s Right to Counsel, sponsored by the ever-laudable U.S. Representative Karen Bass of California. A packed Gold

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[Infographic] The Right to Counsel for Children in Dependency Cases

[Infographic] The Right to Counsel for Children in Dependency Cases

Central to NACC’s mission is the idea that the law must be used to protect and serve vulnerable children and their families, and that providing expert, effective legal counsel is necessary to deliver justice to our often deeply disadvantaged clients. How can we make the argument for a right to counsel? Can the existing case law support our cause? Communications technology is rapidly evolving, and NACC is happy to share today an “infographic” – information presented in a creative, graphic

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Due Process in the Real World: Child Welfare, Ferguson and Right To Counsel

Due Process in the Real World: Child Welfare, Ferguson and Right To Counsel

We need to start talking differently about what lawyers call “due process”. All around us are vivid, compelling examples of how government acts upon individual citizens and their families. Earlier this year, an Atlanta baby asleep in his crib was critically injured and disfigured by a “stun grenade” thrown by police in a no-knock drug raid on a house that had no drugs. Yet, when we legal professionals stand up to defend what we see as constitutional rights, we speak in

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Advocating for Felipe: Immigration, Deportation, and a Child’s Right to Counsel

Advocating for Felipe: Immigration, Deportation, and a Child’s Right to Counsel

Ten-year-old Felipe[1] grew up in El Salvador, where his family became the targets of gang members. His cousin and father were killed, and his mother was forced to flee the country. Felipe and his siblings later became targets themselves, and fearing what would happen to them, they fled El Salvador and sought refuge in the United States. Felipe and his siblings will soon stand before an immigration judge who has the power to order them deported. The federal government will

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