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Child Welfare (LAWS 5753)

Course Info

This course explores the underlying principles of child welfare. We will look at the state's right to intervene where children are being abused or neglected; legal and psychological parameters of neglect; the parent's right to raise children as they see fit, including the use of corporal punishment; the termination of parental rights; the role of an attorney GAL; legal representation of the agency and parents in child welfare hearings; and the liability of child welfare agencies. The format is lecture, discussion and student presentation, and simulation. The course includes a trial and concludes with a final paper and student presentations on topics of their choice.


Prof. Kathryn Mercer

Prof. Kathryn S. Mercer is Professor of Lawyering Skills, teaching the leadership component of LLEAP 1 and 2, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Mediation.


The syllabus for your course is available on Canvas.


** No textbook required **