Youth Services Law

Showing 5 posts from August 2011.

Therapy Dogs Help Children Testify

Posted In Child Witness

According to this article, there is a growing trend to allow therapy dogs to comfort children during courtroom testimony. It will be interesting to see if this practice continues to grow, and if it starts showing up in civil cases.

Zero Tolerance, Maximum Problems

Posted In Schools

A couple of Texas organizations have released a ground-breaking study of zero tolerance policies in Texas schools.  They found that more than half of the students had been suspended during middle or high school, and one in seven had been involved with the juvenile justice system due to school infractions.  Yet, criminalizing minor rule-breaking had not made the schools measurably safer.

Friday Humor

Posted In Humor

I couldn't resist this story from a Dallas attorney about a "young lady that I represented...in a personal injury lawsuit" who proposed this answer to an interrogatory:

Q. Did you have any other expenses or suffer any other pecuniary loss because of defendant's alleged negligence not asked about in prior interrogatories?

A. Yes. I've lost friends and boyfriends over this accident. How do you put a price on that? Maybe $16,400.

Original source:  Say What?!

It's Good to Be Back

It has been far too long since my last post.  When I decided to let the blog go dormant for a bit, I did not expect it to last so long.  I have all sorts of good reasons for taking so long, but the only relevant one is my move to a new law firm.  I am excited about the move, and looking forward to sharing the new things I discover about youth-serving organizations.

School May Be Liable for Allowing Abuser to Check Child out of School

Posted In Child Abuse, Schools

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an interesting opinion reinstating a case against a school for allowing a stranger to check a child out of school multiple times. According to the complaint, the stranger several times checked out a nine-year-girl, pretending to be her father (and on one occasion her mother), abused her off-campus, and then returned her to the school.  The plaintiffs claim that the school never demanded identification from the man.

The court was considering the case on a motion to dismiss, so no one knows yet what discovery will show the facts to be.  Still, this is a good illustration of the need to draft solid check-out procedures and to monitor that staff is following the procedures.

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