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July-September 2008


Alumni News — July-Sept 2008

October 1, 2008
Maria Bee, a NCYL law clerk in the 1990s, is now Chief of Victim Services in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, providing support and advocacy to victims and witnesses of crime. She joined the San Francisco DA’s office in 1996. Former NCYL law clerks

At the Center — July-Sept 2008

October 1, 2008
NCYL Welcomes New Volunteer Attorney Jora Trang
NCYL would like to welcome new volunteer attorney Jora Trang, who will be working on Clark K. v. Willden, which seeks to reform the foster care system in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada.  Since 2006, Jora has worked

CA Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care Issues Recommendations for Reform

October 1, 2008
The California Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care is developing a plan to implement its final recommendations and is scheduled to present the plan at the December meeting of the Judicial Council, the state’s judicial policymaking body.  Commission members, including NCYL Director John O’Toole, issued…

NCYL Tests CA Child Abuse Death Disclosure Law

October 1, 2008
More than 1,600 children in the US die at the hands of abusive parents and caretakers every year.  Many, many more children experience serious physical and developmental injury from abuse and neglect.  In every state, child protective services (CPS) agencies attempt to keep children safe,…

New Project Aimed at Helping Foster Children Succeed in School

October 1, 2008
NCYL to Partner with Teachers to Get Needed Resources   Through the generous support of the Stuart Foundation, NCYL Senior Attorney Leecia Welch and Skadden Fellow Jesse Hahnel have launched an exciting initiative to help teachers get the resources they need to better support the foster…

NCYL Wins Fight for Child Abuse Records in Las Vegas, NV

October 1, 2008
Judge Says County Must Produce Thousands of Files, Orders Sanctions A federal judge has ordered Clark County Child Welfare Officials to turn over 1,100 child abuse files to the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and has also ordered they pay NCYL’s legal fees for…

CA Voters Again Defeat Initiative Limiting Minors’ Abortion Rights

October 1, 2008
Prop 4 Fails – Third Time Parental Notification Measure Defeated at the Polls California voters rejected for the third time a proposed initiative that would have required minors to notify their parents 48 hours before getting an abortion. Like the two that preceded it, the…

Welcome to Youth Law News Online

October 1, 2008
A message from John F. O’Toole, Director
It is my pleasure to introduce the debut issue of Youth Law News Online. This change from print to online will allow us to deliver news, analysis, and information about issues that affect low-income children more quickly and…