Tweeting the Florida Dependency Summit #FLDS11

I wrote the organizers of the Florida Dependency Summit about whether there would be a promoted hashtag for the event. I’m still hoping for a response. Until then, I propose #FLDS11 as the tag. Tell your friends and followers! From: Latham, Robert Sent: Sat 8/27/2011 5:13 PM To: ‘amyk@____’ Subject: summit on twitter? Hi Amy, […]

News and Notes: Teachers in MO, Children in France, Catholics in IL

The Missouri law banning teachers from communicating with students and ex-students via the internet is temporary blocked.  Via, Volkh. France is struggling with a child’s right to know his or her parents. See, Les Enfants X: denied their true identity. Court rules Illinois can stop contracting with Catholic organizations that will not adopt to gay […]

In the Academy

We had to say one thing we were proud of and the others had to practice being supportive and congratulatory. The turn came to me. I said, “This is hard, I’ve been raised not to brag about myself.” He, on tenure track, laughed: “Haha, you’ll never make it in the academy.” I laughed back, “That’s […]

Congratulations to the Miami Human Rights Clinic

Right from the press release: International Commission Finds United States Denied Justice to Domestic Violence Survivor. Also check the ACLU page on the case. Congratulations to my colleague Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and all the students who worked on this case over many, many years. Phenomenal effort by many, on a huge scale.

FACC Stands Against NACC Certification, Just to Spite GAL Program

The background is this: NACC is looking to set up certification programs for counsel working with children across the country. This includes GALs, AALs, government attorneys, and even parents’ attorneys. The plus sides are obvious: baseline education and training requirements, elevation of the profession to something worthy of requiring special expertise (which it is), and […]

What do GAL Program Attorneys do?

That’s the subject matter of a certain open records request currently pending for the Guardian ad Litem Program. According to my sources, it reads as follows: This is a public records request under chapter 119 being made upon the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program for an opportunity to inspect and copy documents containing the following […]

City of Orlando v. Pineiro: What not to Say in Closing Argument

City of Orlando v. Pineiro — So.3d —-, 2011 WL 3359613 Fla.App. 5 Dist.,2011. August 05, 2011 (Approx. 7 pages) My honest thanks to the Fifth DCA for publishing a whole opinion on improper closing argument. My tongue-in-cheek thanks to anonymous counsel for making it possible. Improper arguments covered in the opinion include: golden rule […]