Children and the Law: Protecting the Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis

The treatment of the children in two distinct areas of the law – child welfare and juvenile justice – is fraught with difficulty even under the best of circumstances. But with the onslaught of the COVID pandemic, the regular challenges and the need to protect children have only been compounded.

In this episode of Reasonably Speaking, juvenile justice scholar and Chief Reporter of the Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law, Elizabeth Scott (Columbia Law) guides our Children and the Law-exclusive panel of Kristin Nicole Henning (Georgetown Law), Clare Huntington (Fordham Law), and Marsha Levick (Juvenile Law Center) through a series of discussions centering on child advocacy and juvenile law during a pandemic. The panel explores how the law defines parental authority, what rights a child has in custody, how lawyers can best represent a child in the system during a pandemic, and more.

A transcript of the episode is available here. Please excuse typos due to inaudible passages or transcription errors.

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Published: 2020


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