Children's Law Committee

The mission of the Children's Law Committee is to provide a forum through which attorneys and judges working with children can promote improvements and changes in the legal system which benefit children, parents and the professionals who serve these families.

The Committee was established in 2008 in response to a request from members of the Louisiana Legislative Task Force on Representation in Child Protection Cases. The commitee is now a "standing committee" of the LSBA, composed of judges, court representatives, legal aid attorneys, private practitioners, Department of Children and Family Services attorneys, and other children's advocates.

August 2018: The latest edition of the LSBA Bar Journal highlights the work of the Children's Law Committee! To view the full edition, click here. You can also access individual articles below, including those referenced in the print version as online only.

4. Am I a Mandatory Reporter?
By Cherrilynne Washington Thomas

6. The Color of Justice for Children
By Judge Ernestine S. Gray

8. Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Silent Victims
By Judge (Ret.) Kathleen Stewart Richey

10. Education

By Dr. Barbara Ferguson

By Rebecca E. May-Ricks and Kellie Johnson Futrel

Pamela Toney Crawford

By Mark Semien

By Pamela Toney Crawford

F. Corporal Punishment in Louisiana
By Rebecca E. May-Ricks

Check out Becoming an Adult: Legal Rights in Louisiana. This guide is intended to help young adults understand their legal rights and obligations.

 List of Attorneys Qualified to Represent Children in Need of Care

Latest Childrens Law News and Events

Nominations for 2020 Pro Bono Awards Now Open!
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards! We hope you will help us acknowledge your local pro bono superstars statewide by submitting a nomination. Find more information and the online nomination form here.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Awards will be presented Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Louisiana Supreme Court.

2018 Children's Law - Jurisprudence & Legislation
Please click here to view a summary of Children’s Law Jurisprudence and Legislation from 2018. These materials were prepared by Karen Hallstrom, co-chair of the Children's Law Committee for the 2018/9 Bar Year. Please note that this document does not purport to cover all 2018 judicial decisions and legislative amendments.

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