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Youth Law News Celebrates 30 Years!

Issue 1, Vol. 1

Issue 1, Vol. 1

Since 1981, Youth Law News has served as a vehicle for communication among child advocates throughout the country, while increasing the visibility of children’s issues within the legal services community. It has also served to raise the profile of NCYL and its work. Child advocates are more likely to call NCYL for assistance because of Youth Law News, and it has been responsible for bringing in some of the Center’s most important litigation, including David C. v. Huntsman.

Youth Law News has come a long way since it began publication 30 years ago. The very first issue, published on March 6, 1981, consisted of four photocopied, typewritten (on both sides) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 paper (see photo). The issue contained just six short articles, a staff list, job announcement, and “recent publications.” From there, Youth Law News grew slowly and steadily into a national legal journal covering foster care, juvenile justice, childrens’ health, and other issues and cases important to the child advocacy community. It went from being published sporadically, to bi-monthly, to quarterly.

The evolution of Youth Law News: Issues from 1982, 1998, and 2004. The last print issue of Youth Law News was published in June 2008.

The evolution of Youth Law News: Issues from 1982, 1998, and 2004. The last print issue of Youth Law News was published in June 2008.

Three years ago, in July 2008, Youth Law News went online, eliminating the high cost of printing and mailing, and allowing easier and broader distribution. In making the change, and eliminating the subscription fee, Youth Law News nearly tripled its readership in the first year to more than 6,000, adding legislators, media, and many others to the list.

Special thanks goes to past editors of Youth Law News, including Diana Stone, Nicky Yuen, Marcia Henry, and Stephen Texeira.

Here’s to many more years of publication!

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