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 …

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 …

C.L v. DCF: Default 101

C.L. v. Florida Dept. of Children and Families --- So.3d ----, 2011 WL 3341490 Fla.App. 1 Dist.,2011. August 04, 2011 (Approx. 1 page) Default 101: You can't default someone who tells you in advance they can't be at the hearing for financial reasons. REVERSED.

News and Notes: Norway, Missouri, Goodbye Subsidized Student Loans

Norway has a Children's Ombudsman (barneombudet). According to him, he has no power except his voice. He's been working on helping people talk to children about the recent (and rare) violence in Oslo, and lowering the voting age for local elections to 16. What a cool guy. Missouri has restricted teachers from communicating with former …

First Class

The students start a week from yesterday, and we're busily getting ready, sweeping out the dust bunnies and making sure we have sufficient construction paper and scissors. When I was in kindergarten I remember very clearly losing all of my crayons except the red one. I borrowed one kid's yellow and another kid's blue to …