There Must Be a Witness

Author: Sue Bell Cobb
Publisher: NewSouth Books
ISBN: 1603064559
Format: PDF, Kindle
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True child advocates are not born, they are forged out of frustration and faith. There Must Be A Witness profiles a group of child advocates in Alabama who have devoted themselves to help children thrive—and by extension, to better meet the needs of their communities. This collection of stories, narrated by Sue Bell Cobb, the state’s first female Chief Justice and a former juvenile court judge, draws back the curtain on what drives such advocates. In the case of Liz Huntley, a prominent Birmingham lawyer, and Roberta Crenshaw, a former prison lay counselor, advocacy grew out of enduring the most horrific abuse. For Jannah Bailey, the director of Child Protect, her calling has always been to stand between children and violence. Cobb’s own life of advocacy stems from what she saw in courtrooms across Alabama. As a jurist she was bound to serve the law, but as an advocate she championed some of the state’s most sweeping child policy reforms in recent decades, including a toe-to-toe fight with back-slapping tobacco company lobbyists. Along the way she was humbled by the inspiring group of child advocates she met digging firebreaks against poverty, child abuse and neglect, inadequate medical care, and shortcomings in education. Collectively, the stories included in this volume call us to stand witness and testify to policymakers on behalf of children—to insist that government be used as a force for good in people’s lives.

Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer

Author: Marvin Ventrell
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1601566980
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer: Telling the Story of the Family was a first of its kind publication and gave lawyers working in child welfare court their first real trial skills book five years ago. Thousands of lawyers became more proficient at trial work because of that seminal publication. Now, the Juvenile Law Society (JLS) has made it even better with Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer: Telling the Story of the Family, Second Edition, by Marvin Ventrell and Patrick Furman. Trials, effectively presented, are stories—stories of mothers, fathers, children—stories of the family. Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer, Second Edition teaches you how to present the story of the family from the unique and powerful perspective of each litigant. From nuts and bolts to advanced practice techniques, each trial skill is treated as a mechanism of persuasion. For the Second Edition, JLS Founder and Director Marvin Ventrell teamed up with his long-time trial skills training partner and highly regarded teacher and trial lawyer, Patrick Furman as co-author. Ventrell and Furman expand the nine essential trial skills of the first edition and have added a new chapter on The Child Witness. From case analysis to opening statement, to witness exam to evidentiary foundations, to objections, to closing argument and professionalism and ethics, Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer, Second Edition prepares the lawyer for children, parents, and state agencies to go to court. Reviews The Juvenile Law Society [JLS] has made a profound contribution to the field of child welfare law with this succinct and practical book. It really should be required reading for all lawyers appearing in child welfare court. It is an artful blending of the essentials of trial advocacy with the particulars of child welfare court. This book will empower attorneys to provide improved advocacy for children, parents, and agencies . . . and that, in turn, will lead to better judicial outcomes for our most vulnerable children and their families. —Jennifer L. Renne, Esq., Director, Capacity Building Center for Courts, American Bar Association

The Legal Eagles Guide for Children s Advocacy Centers Part Iii

Author: Andrew H. Agatston
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477134832
Format: PDF, ePub
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It is inevitable that a Childrens Advocacy Centers involvement with children who are suspected victims of child abuse will involve legal matters. A thorough understanding of the legal issues that routinely arise and that affect CACs and their ability to provide services cannot be fully understood and appreciated without legal counsel. There are legal issues triggered by the simple act of a CAC opening a file. As the case progresses, the legal issues often expand exponentially. Ultimately, decisions made that affect the health, welfare and future of a child will be decided in a courtroom or other legal processes leading up to the courtroom. This is the third edition of Legal Letters written by Andrew Agatston to CACs as part of his national Legal Eagle List Serv. It follows his 2010 book, The Legal Eagles Guide for Childrens Advocacy Centers: Soaring Confidently in the Courtroom, and his 2009 book, The Legal Eagles Guide for Childrens Advocacy Center: A Lawyers Guide to Soaring in the Courtroom. The Legal Eagles List Serv is now in its 7th year, and has more than 900 subscribers in 48 states and two Indian Territories.

The Legal Eagles Guide for Children s Advocacy Centers

Author: Andrew H. Agatston
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477134816
Format: PDF
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It is inevitable that a Children s Advocacy Center s involvement with children who are suspected victims of child abuse will involve legal matters. A thorough understanding of the legal issues that routinely arise and that affect CACs and their ability to provide services cannot be fully understood and appreciated without legal counsel. There are legal issues triggered by the simple act of a CAC opening a file. As the case progresses, the legal issues often expand exponentially. Ultimately, decisions made that affect the health, welfare and future of a child will be decided in a courtroom or other legal processes leading up to the courtroom. This is the third edition of Legal Letters written by Andrew Agatston to CACs as part of his national Legal Eagle List Serv. It follows his 2010 book, The Legal Eagles Guide for Children s Advocacy Centers: Soaring Confidently in the Courtroom, and his 2009 book, The Legal Eagles Guide for Children s Advocacy Center: A Lawyer s Guide to Soaring in the Courtroom. The Legal Eagles List Serv is now in its 5th year, and has more than 500 subscribers in 45 states.

The TurnAround Mom

Author: Carey Sipp
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 0757305962
Format: PDF
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If you grew up in a dysfunctional, abusive, or addictive home, you are intimately familiar with violence, uncertainty, and suppressing your feelings. What you may not know, though, is how to create a sane, structured, and serene home for your own family when you never experienced these things yourself. Now you can. Part courageous memoir, part influential how-to guide, The TurnAround Mom offers the tools you need to end the legacy of toxicity. With chilling vignettes from author Carey Sipp's own abusive past, plus the tips and techniques she used to turn her life--and thus the lives of her children--around, this stirring story will be the daily touchstone that you and your family deserve. Carey Sipp is a parent-education advocate, an addiction and abuse survivor, and the mother of two children. Visit the author at www.turnaroundmom.com