Juvenile Law Online Classes

Professor Paula Kaldis
Phone: 978.681.0800 X117
Email: pota@mslaw.edu

Class Syllabus

Week 1

PART I: THE CHILD, THE FAMILY, AND THE STATE
Week 1 Questions

Tuesday, 1/21

Introduction: Origins, philosophy, goals of the Juvenile Court.
Please read the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the following link:

http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/3ae6b38f0.html

Also, visit the following human rights sources:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/children/

http://www.hrw.org/topic/childrens-rights

Thursday, 1/23

Parental rights:

Conflict between family and state: Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923); Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925); Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158 (1944); Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205(1972); Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000).

Week 2

Week 2 Questions

Tuesday, 1/29

The Child’s right to be heard:
Due Process: In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967).

 

Thursday, 1/31
In-class exercise: Gerry Gault’s delinquency hearing.

Week 3

Week 3 Questions

Tuesday 2/4

The child’s right to be heard:

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School, 393 U.S. 503(1969); Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1998); Board of Education v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853(1982); Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975); Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2009)

http://www.aclu.org/human-rights/childrens-rights

Thursday 2/6

Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 71, sec. 30, 37H, 37H1/2, 82, 83, 84, 85.
ANTI-BULLYING STATUTE: Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 71, 37 O, 37 H.
Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 258E, Harassment Prevention Orders

http://www.ed.gov/;

http://www.doe.mass.edu/

Pyle I, Pyle II, Pyle III; Doe v. Worcester, 421 Mass. 117 (1995); Comm. v. Stone, 45 Mass. App. Ct. 1998).

Student exercise:
Read “Free Speech” article and be prepared to debate whether it should be included in school newspaper.

Week 4

PART II: PROTECTING THE CHILD FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Week 4 Questions

 Tuesday, 2/11

Introduction to Abuse & Neglect:

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 119, sections 1-39; 51A – 51G; Summary on Pre-Court Investigation and the Care & Protection Process Familiy Intervention and the Department of Social Services: The Pre-Court Investigatory and Administrative Process, 75 Mass. Law Rev.25 (Spring 1990).

Thursday, 2/13
SNOW DAY

Week 5

Tuesday, 2/18
SNOW DAY

Thursday, 2/20

Case law standards:

Santosky v. Kramer, 455 U.S. 745 (1982); Care & Protection of Robert, 408 Mass. 52 (1990); Care & Protection of Isaac, 419 Mass. 602 (1995); Care & Protection of Jeremy, 419 Mass. 616 (1995); Custody of a Minor (No.2), 392 Mass. 719 (1989); Care & Protection of Sophie; Care & Protection of Bruce, 44 Mass. App. Ct. 758 (1998); Care & Protection of Manuel, 428 Mass. 527 (1998); Care & Protection of Orazio, 68 Mass. App. Ct. 213 (2006); Care & Protection of Zelda, 26 Mass. App. Ct. 869, (1989).

 

Week 6
Week 6 Questions

Tuesday, 2/25

Domestic Violence and its effects on children:
Custody of Vaughn, 422 Mass. 590 (1996);
Guardian Ad Litem Report – Sandy Smith v. Walter Jordan;
Discuss Domestic Violence Questions.

Thursday, 2/27

Child Sexual Abuse:

Please read cases in the following order (some cases have been deleted):

Custody of Eleanor, 414 Mass. 795 (1993); Carlos, 413 Mass. 339; Jennifer, 25 Mass. App. Ct. 241 (1998); Michel, 28 Mass. App. Ct. 260 (1990); Martha, 407 Mass. 319 (1990)

The following cases involve Mass. Gen Laws ch. 233, sec. 81, 82, 83:
Comm. v. Colin, 419 Mass. 54 (1994); Rebecca, 419 Mass. 67 (1994); Quentin, 424 Mass. 882 (1997); Tina, 45 Mass. App. Ct. 727 (1999); Adoption of Daisy, 460 Mass. 72 (2012).

Criminal sexual abuse cases:

Maryland v. Craig, 497 U.S. 836 (1990); Amirault I, Amirault II, Com. v. Johnson, 417 Mass. 498 (1994); Com. v. Bergstrom, 402 Mass. 534(1988); Com. v. Aviles, 461 Mass. 60 (2011).

Week 7
Week 7 Questions

Tuesday, 3/4

Child Sexual Abuse:

Read in preparation for the Child sexual abuse assignment:
Role of Counsel: Children’s Attorneys—Should They Be Advocates or Champions?

The Role of Counsel for Children in Massachusetts, By The Honorable Jay D. Blitzman & Paula Kaldis Dickinson, Esq.
The Role of Counsel for Children in Massachusetts, By The Honorable Jay D. Blitzman & Paula Kaldis Dickinson, Esq.

APPOINTING LEGAL COUNSEL FOR CHILDREN IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS AND CHILD DEPENDENCY PROCEEDINGS WHEN THERE ARE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, Paula Kaldis and Nora Sanchez, National Children’s Bench Book

 

 

Thursday, 3/6

Medical Neglect:

When Should the State Interfere?

In Re McCauley, Custody of a Minor I, Custody of a Minor II, Green v. Truman, 459 F.Supp.342 (D. Mass. 1978); Curtis v. Falmouth, 420 Mass. 749 (1995); Com. v. Twitchell, 416 Mass. 114 (1993); In Re Rena, 46 Mass. App. Ct. 335 (1999); Care & Protection of Sharlene, 445 Mass. 756 (2006).

The “Ifa” case;

Cobble v. DSS, 430 Mass. 385 (1999).
(Mental health issues will not be covered.)

Week 8 – SPRING BREAK 3/9 – 3/16

Week 9
Week 9 Questions

Tuesday 3/18

(LGBTQ Youth issues will be covered later in week 12)

Adoption & Termination of Parental Rights:
Termination of Parental Rights – Mass. Gen. Laws, ch 210 sec. 3

Mass. Adoption cases:
Hugo, 428 Mass. 219 (1998); Eno v. LLM, 429Mass. 824 (1999); Iris, 427 Mass. 582 (1998); Paula, 420 Mass. 716 (1995); Manuel, 428 Mass. 527 (1998); Helen, 429 Mass. 856 (1999); Adoption of Mary, 414 Mass. 705 (1993); Adoption of Diane, 400 Mass. 196 (1987); Frederick, 405 Mass. 1 91989); Bezio v. Patenaude, 381 Mass. 563 (1980); Adoption of Arthur, 34 Mass. App. Ct. 934 (1993); Adoption of Greta, 431 Mass. 577 (2000); Adoption of Ilona, 459 Mass. 53 (2011).

Week 10

Mass. Adoption cases

Tuesday, 3/25

Adoption of Linus, 73 Mass. App. Ct. 815 (2009), Adoption of Eduardo, 57 Mass. App. Ct. 278, (2003), Adoption of Imelda, 72 Mass. App. Ct. 354 (2008); Adoption of Wilamina, 71 Mass App. Ct. 230 (2008), Adoption of Keefe, 49 Mass. App. Ct. 818, (2000).

Thursday, 3/27

“The Taking of Logan Marr.”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/fostercare/marr/

Week 11
Week 11 Questions

Tuesday, 4/1

Mock hearing

Thursday, 4/3

Mock hearing


Week 12
Week 12 Questions

 


Week 13
Week 13 Questions

Week 14

Week 15


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