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September 9, 2014

New Groundbreaking Book for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective (2014, hardcover, 461 pages)book cover
by Judge Leonard Edwards, publication made possible by the generous support of the Casey Family Programs and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.

From the Foreword by the Hon. Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court:

“… Two goals of this book are to encourage judges and attorneys to be more assertive in their oversight of social service agencies and to examine the ‘reasonable efforts’ issue earlier in the case. …

“As juvenile court judges, we must find that reasonable efforts have been made to prevent the removal of children from their families, that reasonable efforts have been made to give families a meaningful opportunity to reunify after the children have been removed, and that reasonable efforts have been made to secure permanency for children. These findings must be made within the context of every case, taking into consideration the individual strengths and needs of every family and its members. The issues are varied and often complex. …

“For decades, Judge Edwards has been the conscience and the voice for juvenile court judges nationwide. He has helped define and shape our role more than any other juvenile court judge ever. Once again he has raised his voice to emphasize the importance of this part of our role in more depth than has ever been done before. State by state Judge Edwards reviews the statutory scheme on reasonable efforts, the existing case law on the subject and offers commentary from judges and other child welfare system stakeholders. …”

Contents include:

  1. Legislative History
  2. Federal Law and Child Welfare
  3. What is the Definition of Reasonable Efforts
  4. Aggravated Circumstances: When are Reasonable Efforts Unnecessary?
  5. The Indian Child Welfare Act and Active Efforts
  6. State Responses to the Reasonable Efforts Issue
  7. Recurring Factual Situations in the Trial Courts
  8. Challenges to Effective Use of the Reasonable Efforts Findings—Attorneys Representing Parents and Children
  9. Challenges to Effective Use of the Reasonable Efforts Findings—Judges
  10. Recommended Judicial Strategies
  11. Conclusion

Appendices—State-by-state analysis of statutes, case law, and commentary, forms, documents, benchcards, and more
Bibliograph

For eBook version, download:
.mobi file—can be opened in Kindle, including Kindle reader for PC. .epub file—can be opened in various eBook readers, including iBooks on iPad, and Adobe Digital Editions reader for PC. .pdf file—can be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader and similar readers.

Juvenile and family court judges and attorneys may request a hardcopy of the book by writing to:

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Attention: Cheryl Davidek
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507

There is no charge for the book, but there will be a small charge for shipping and handling.

September 15, 2012

NEW BOOK for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

THE ROLE OF THE JUVENILE COURT JUDGE: PRACTICE AND ETHICS
by Judge Leonard Edwards, Retired
Available from caljudges.org
[
See a brief video interview on this topic.]

BOOK REVIEW by Judge Margaret Henry

Juvenile Court is different and so are the ethics that apply to the judges who sit in Juvenile Court. I recall at an ethics training by CJER early in my Juvenile Court judicial career the instructor saying, “A judge may not accept a gift from any party, ever. No exceptions.” My hand shot up. She looked at me and repeated: “No exceptions.” I said: “What about a picture from an 8 year old autistic boy who is a dependent appearing in front of me?” She stared at me for a few seconds, and then said, “OK. There is an exception.”

There was nothing in writing at that time—more particularly, nothing in Judge David M. Rothman’s California Judicial Conduct Handbook that supported the position of an exception. Judge Rothman’s book is, of course, the gold standard of judicial ethics books. As comprehensive as it is, it does not detail the distinctions in the role of the Juvenile Court judge.

Judge Edwards’ new book explains the unique role of the Juvenile Court judge in the context of discussions of ethics. The book takes a very different approach, in structure and content, from California Judicial Conduct Handbook. Judge Edwards’ book uses hypothetical scenarios that Juvenile Court judges may encounter in their work on the bench, identifies practice and ethical issues, and proposes approaches, offering advice and solutions to the judicial officer. The focus is on practical, ethical issues that the Juvenile Court judicial officer encounters.

The book is well indexed and organized. It is divided into three parts: Running the Juvenile Court, Ex Parte Communications, and Working Off the Bench. Each has approximately 30 sections with several scenarios. The Table of Contents can be used to find an exact discussion of an issue facing a Juvenile Court judge.

The author of this book explains the unique role of the Juvenile Court judge and that judges must not shy away from the responsibilities that come with the role. The Introduction to the book should be mandatory reading for all new judges to the Juvenile Court. Experienced juvenile judges will read the Introduction and think, “Exactly. That explains the difference in our role.”

This is a book for specialists—Juvenile Court judges. It should be kept in easy reach of each of us in chambers, right next to the California Judicial Conduct Handbook.

August 25, 2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution

[Related material available under VIDEO CLIPS]

ADR in Juvenile Dependency Cases
Summer 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Moving Cases from Juvenile to Family Court: How Mediation Can Help
536 UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy Vol. 16:2 (Summer 2012)

Guidelines for Child Protection Mediation
2012, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Child Protection Mediation – A 25-Year Perspective
January 2009, Family Court Review

Effective Child Protection Mediation and Domestic Violence
October, 2008, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Dependency Mediation in Child Protection Cases
Summer 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Comments on the Miller Commission Report: A California Perspective
Summer 2007, vol 27, no 4, Pace Law Review, 101

The Transition to Group Decision Making in Child Protection Cases: Obtaining Better Results for Children and Families
Winter 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Mediation Miracle
Spring 2006, California Courts Review

Mediation in Child Protection Cases
2004, Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts

Mediation in Juvenile Dependency Court: Multiple Perspectives
Fall 2002, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Domestic Violence and Mediation: A Dialogue

Part 1: A COMMENT ON WILLIAM J. HOWE AND HUGH MCISAAC’S ARTICLE “FINDING THE BALANCE” PUBLISHED IN THE JANUARY 2008 ISSUE OF FAMILY COURT REVIEW by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This article is a response to an article written by William Howe and Hugh McIsaac that questions their recommendations that court-based mediation not be used when certain types of persons appear in court. We assert that it will be very difficult for the court to identify these people. Further, we argue that mediation practice has advanced so far that even these persons (those with serious issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health) should be given an opportunity to participate in mediation before being referred to the adversarial court process.

Part 2: RESPONSE by William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac
This is a response to “A Comment on William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac’s Article ‘Finding the Balance’

Part 3:  SURREPLY by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This is a follow-up to our previous “Comment” responding to an article by William How and Hugh McIsaac.

August 25, 2012

CASA

[Related material available under VIDEO CLIPS]

Judicial Leadership and CASA/GAL Programs
Spring 2016, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Promotional Video produced by CASA of Santa Cruz (2015, 5:48 min)

 

Ethical Issues Involving Juvenile Court Judges and CASA
Judge Leonard Edwards and Cory Pohley, Director, California CASA
December 3, 2013, delivered at Beyond the Bench, Anaheim, CA

CASA Programs and Judicial Ethics
July 2013, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Books Every CASA Library Should Have

The Judicial Role in Creating and Supporting CASA/GAL Programs

Starting a CASA Program in Israel
Winter 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Why is CASA So Important For Our Juvenile Courts?
Summer 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Court Improvement in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Historical Perspective
March 2011, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Effective Child Protection Mediation and Domestic Violence
October, 2008, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

CASA Volunteers and the Education of Foster Children
June 2005, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Video: Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Protection Cases: The Role of the Child Advocate

August 25, 2012

Court Improvement

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts and Timely Adoptions
Fall 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Download PowerPoint file: Judicial Oversight—The Role of Judges in Congregate Care Reform, slide presentation by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.), Santa Clara County, California and Judge Michael Nash (ret.), Los Angeles County, California

How To Improve Outcomes For Abused And Neglected Children: Engaging Relatives Early
Summer 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Improving State Court-Tribal Court Relations
Summer 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing Doesn’t Work: Here’s How to Fix
Winter 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner, Mental Health Issues in Dependency Court
Fall 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner, Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal: An Important New Case
Summer 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner, Parental Visitation in Child Protection Cases
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Working with Your Director of Children’s Services
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

ADR in Juvenile Dependency Cases
Summer 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Domestic Violence & Reasonable Efforts At The Detention Hearing
Winter 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Establishing Paternity Promptly in Juvenile Dependency Court
Autumn 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Summer 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Spring 2012, Juvenile Family Court Journal 

Reasonable Efforts
Summer 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Spring 2011, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Court Improvement in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Historical Perspective
November 2011, National CASA Association

Interim Hearings
Autumn 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Blue Ribbon Commission (We’ve Come a Long Way Baby)
Autumn 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Judicial Rotation–One Judge-One Family
Spring 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

The Juvenile Court Corner: Court Improvement and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Winter 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Comments on the Miller Commission Report: A California Perspective
Summer 2007, vol 27, no 4, Pace Law Review, 101

Judicial Oversight of Parental Visitation in Family Reunification Cases
Summer 2003, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Improving Juvenile Dependency Courts: 23 Steps
November 1997, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Corporal Punishment and the Legal System
1996, 36 Santa Clara L. Rev. 983

Who Speaks for the Child?
1995, 2 University of Chicago Roundtable 68

Appendix C: Improving Implementation of the Federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980
1989

Dealing with Parent and Child in Serious Abuse Cases
August 1983,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Significance of Juvenile Records
February 1979,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Domestic Violence

Useful Link: The Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council

Domestic Violence & Reasonable Efforts At The Detention Hearing
Winter 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

“The Greenbook”
This booklet, “Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: Guidelines for Policy and Practice,” (known as “The Greenbook”) was published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  It addresses the best practices for dealing with child abuse and neglect cases when issues of domestic violence are present.  The chapter on the courts (pages 90-112) are particularly relevant to juvenile and family court judges

Effective Child Protection Mediation and Domestic Violence
October 2008, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Judicial Oversight of Parental Visitation in Family Reunification Cases
Summer 2003, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Reducing Family Violence: The Role of the Family Violence Council
1992

Domestic Violence and Mediation: A Dialogue

Part 1: A COMMENT ON WILLIAM J. HOWE AND HUGH MCISAAC’S ARTICLE “FINDING THE BALANCE” PUBLISHED IN THE JANUARY 2008 ISSUE OF FAMILY COURT REVIEW by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This article is a response to an article written by William Howe and Hugh McIsaac that questions their recommendations that court-based mediation not be used when certain types of persons appear in court. We assert that it will be very difficult for the court to identify these people. Further, we argue that mediation practice has advanced so far that even these persons (those with serious issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health) should be given an opportunity to participate in mediation before being referred to the adversarial court process.

Part 2: RESPONSE by William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac
This is a response to “A Comment on William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac’s Article ‘Finding the Balance’

Part 3:  SURREPLY by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This is a follow-up to our previous “Comment” responding to an article by William How and Hugh McIsaac.

August 25, 2012

Drug & Other Specialty Courts

[Related material available under VIDEO CLIPS]

Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together, article on the London Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), which has been pioneering a new approach to child protection cases in which one or both parents have drug or alcohol problems.

News: Family Drug and Alcohol Court to be nationwide
Feb. 18, 2015, Family Law Week, UK

Family Drug Courts: A Best Practice That Works
March 2015, California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation website

Just published—Over 20 articles concerning Family Drug Treatment Courts
Summer 2014, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Ethical Issues in the Family Drug Treatment Court
Winter 2013, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Sanctions in Family Drug Treatment Courts
Winter 2010, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Judicial Perspectives on Family Drug Treatment Courts
Summer 2005, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Juvenile Mental Health Court: Rationale and Protocols
Fall 2001, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Engaging the Family

Video: Reluctant Mother: a courtroom dramatization

How To Improve Outcomes For Abused And Neglected Children: Engaging Relatives Early
Summer 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Placing Children with Relatives
Autumn 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Relative Placement in Child Protective Cases: A Judicial Perspective
Spring 2010, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Engaging Fathers in the Child Protection Process: The Judicial Role
Spring 2009, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Juvenile Court Corner: Engaging Fathers in the Child Custody Process
Winter 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Family Finding From a Judicial Perspective
October 2008, The Judges Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

The Transition to Group Decision Making in Child Protection Cases: Obtaining Better Results for Children and Families
Winter 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Finding Foster Kids’ Families Must Become Our Mandate
April 14, 2005, The San Jose Mercury News

Attachment, Bonding, and Reciprocal Connectedness: Limitation of the Attachment Theory in the Juvenile and Family Court
2000, Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC)

August 25, 2012

Family Court

Why Should Indian Children be Treated Differently?
The NACC Guardian, Vol 38 · No 06 (August 2016), a publication of the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Attacks on implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) have recently been in the headlines. Several critics of the ICWA have stated that Indian Children should not be treated differently in child welfare and adoption proceedings.

Despite these attacks, there are compelling reasons why the ICWA should be fully implemented. This article outlines some of the reasons for full implementation and argues that there are important reasons why Native American children should receive special treatment in the courts.

Comments on the Miller Commission Report: A California Perspective
Summer 2007, vol 27, no 4, Pace Law Review, 101

The Relationship of Family and Juvenile Courts in Child Abuse Cases
Spring 1987, Santa Clara Law Review—Volume 27

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August 25, 2012

Improving Outcomes for Foster Youth

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts and Timely Adoptions
Fall 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Children Of Incarcerated Mothers
Summer 2017, The Bench, the official publication of the California Judges Association
Children of incarcerated mothers do not fare well. As a community we should attempt to make it possible for these children to have more and better quality contact with their parents.

Download PowerPoint file: Judicial Oversight—The Role of Judges in Congregate Care Reform, slide presentation by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.), Santa Clara County, California Judge Michael Nash (ret.), Los Angeles County, California

County needs to help kids whose moms are in jail
Editorial by Leonard Edwards and Susan Eilenberg, who is a trustee of the San Jose Unified School District and member of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. They wrote this for the San Jose Mercury News, February 3, 2017. (See the response.)

Aging Out of Foster Care…And Into College
Spring 2009, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Finding Foster Kids’ Families Must Become Our Mandate
April 14, 2005, The San Jose Mercury News

What’s Best For Children From Violent Homes?
February 16, 2001, The Charlotte Observer

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August 25, 2012

Judicial Ethics

Ethical Problems Involving Judicial Fundraising
Spring 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

CASA Programs and Judicial Ethics
July 2013, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Ethical Issues in the Family Drug Treatment Court
Winter 2013, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Ethical Challenges for the Juvenile Court Judge
Winter 2011, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Juvenile Court Judges of California

Juvenile Court Corner: The History of the Juvenile Court Judges of California: A Twenty Year Perspective
Spring 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Protecting Children and Reuniting Families: History of Juvenile Dependency Court in Santa Clara County
January 2009, publication of the Bench & Bar Historical Society of Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Superior Court Historical Committee

 

August 25, 2012

Juvenile Delinquency

Mentors Crucial to Curb Recidivism for Youths, published in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), a publication covering juvenile justice and related issues nationally on a consistent, daily basis (also as downloadable PDF).
It has been said that all a child needs is one caring adult in order to become a success in life. When a child is removed from home because of parental abuse or neglect or the child’s delinquent behavior, often the best path to a successful life involves one caring adult who acts as a mentor and a guide. If this is true, it contains an important message for juvenile court judges and for the attorneys and other professionals who children meet.

Access Denied: A National Snapshot of States’ Failure to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel (May 2017)
A new publication of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDL)

One Caring Adult
Winter  2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Arranging Your Courtroom to be a More Effective Judge
Spring 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Download PowerPoint file: Judicial Oversight—The Role of Judges in Congregate Care Reform, slide presentation by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.), Santa Clara County, California Judge Michael Nash (ret.), Los Angeles County, California

Are Children Simply Small Adults?
Autumn 2013, The Juvenile Court Corner of The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

The Case for Abolishing Fitness Hearings In Juvenile Court
17 Santa Clara Law Review 595 (1977)

A Study of Juvenile Record Sealing Practices in California
4 Pepperdine Law Review 543 (1976-1977)

August 25, 2012

Keynote Speeches

Remarks of Judge Leonard Edwards at the Presentation of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., November 18, 2004

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August 25, 2012

Representing Children and Parents in Court

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Spring 2012, Juvenile and Family Court Journal (17 pages)

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Summer 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association (3 pages)

Who Speaks for the Child?
1995, 2 University of Chicago Roundtable 68

A Comprehensive Approach to the Representation of Children: The Child Advocacy Coordinating Council
1993-194, 27 Family Law Quarterly 417

August 25, 2012

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge

Judicial Leadership in the Juvenile Court
November 4, 2013, National Council on Crime & Delinquency Blog

The Unique Role of the Juvenile Court Judge
This is the introduction to Judge Edwards most recent book, The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: Practice and Ethics.   While it focuses on California law, it is generally applicable to juvenile court judges in all states.
[See a brief video interview on this topic.]

Key Principles for Permanency Planning for Children
July 23, 2011, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

Ethical Challenges for the Juvenile Court Judge
Winter 2011, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Some Thoughts on Judicial Leadership
Fall 2006, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge Revisited
Winter 2005, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Juvenile Court and the Role of the Juvenile Court Judge
1992, Juvenile & Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Running the Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts and Timely Adoptions
Fall 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Arranging Your Courtroom to be a More Effective Judge
Spring 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Should Judges Ask Questions? The Enquiring Magistrate
Fall 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Drug Exposed Infants: Perplexing Social and Legal Issues
(Graphic version of article)
Spring 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Congregate Care for Children
Winter 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Placement with a Non-Custodial Parent
Fall 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

“Active Efforts” and “Reasonable Efforts”: Do They Mean the Same Thing?
Spring 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing Doesn’t Work: Here’s How to Fix
Winter 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal: An Important New Case
Summer 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Parental Visitation in Child Protection Cases
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Working with Your Director of Children’s Services
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing: The Q&A of Policy and Practice
Oct 18, 2012, Dui Hua Human Rights Journal

Establishing Paternity Promptly in Juvenile Dependency Court
Autmun 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Moving Cases from Juvenile to Family Court: How Mediation Can Help
536 UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy Vol. 16:2 (Summer 2012)

How to Tackle the Problems Involved When a Case Moves from Juvenile to Family Court
Spring 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Spring 2012,  Juvenile Family Court Journal 

Resasonable Efforts
Summer 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Spring 2011, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Psychotropic Medications
Spring 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Autumn 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Let’s End the Secrecy in Juvenile Court
Summer 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Interim Hearings
Autumn 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

The Impact of Judicial Behavior in Juvenile Court Proceedings
Winter 2009, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Juvenile Court Corner: Judicial Rotation–One Judge-One Family
Spring 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective
October 2007, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Achieving Timely Permanency in Child Protection Courts: The Importance of Frontloading the Court Process
Spring 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Confidentiality and the Juvenile and Family Courts
Winter 2004, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Relationship of Family and Juvenile Courts in Child Abuse Cases
Spring 1987, Santa Clara Law Review—Volume 27

Dealing with Parent and Child in Serious Abuse Cases
August 1983,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Role of the District Attorney in Juvenile Court: Is the Juvenile Court Becoming Just Like Adult Court?
1979, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Significance of Juvenile Records
February 1979,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

A Study of Juvenile Record Sealing Practices in California
Pepperdine Law Review 543 (1976-1977)

The Defense Attorney at the Dispositional – the need for a social worker
December/January—1976–77, NLADA Briefcase

August 25, 2012

Significant Cases

This case law review was presented to the Assigned Judges at their conference in October, 2017.
Assigned Judges Juvenile Case Law Review (2016–2017)

This is a trial court decision concerning whether a child can determine the medical treatment she will receive.  It was publicized all over the world.
In re D.P., Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County (July 3, 1986)

This is the only time a jury has been convened in a juvenile delinquency case in California.
People v Superior Court (In re Carl W.), 15 Cal.3d 271 (1975) [Available online from California Official Reports Page]

August 25, 2012

Working in the Community

Juvenile Court Corner: Children Of Incarcerated Mothers
Summer 2017, The Bench, the official publication of the California Judges Association
Children of incarcerated mothers do not fare well. As a community we should attempt to make it possible for these children to have more and better quality contact with their parents.

County needs to help kids whose moms are in jail
Editorial by Leonard Edwards and Susan Eilenberg, who is a trustee of the San Jose Unified School District and member of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. They wrote this for the San Jose Mercury News, February 3, 2017. (See the response.)

Suspensions and Expulsions: It’s Time For a Change
Spring 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Op-ed: Suspensions hurt kids, schools and don’t improve safety
1/25/2013, San Jose Mercury News

Family Reunification Day
Spring, 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Community Foundations & the Juvenile Court – A New Relationship Today
Fall 1999, Today: Juvenile and Family Justice

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