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Brandon Schrecengost

About Brandon Schrecengost

Brandon Schrecengost is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. He graduated with his Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Houston in 2007. After graduation, Brandon taught science and music at Sharpstown Middle School in Houston ISD. He began working as an intern with the Center for children Law and Policy this summer and is currently the treasurer of the International Law Society at UHLC. Brandon’s interest in how legal policy effects children the world over, particularly in the realm of education, continues to inform his work.

Department of Justice to Investigate St. Louis County Family Court

Across the country each day, family and Juvenile courts have children passing by their benches on the way to a future that may involve severe limitations on their freedom.  Armored in the protections of the constitution and federal law, each child should have a fair and just trial and, if applicable, appropriate rehabilitations and punishments. […]

What to do with the Tragedy of Bullying?

October is National Bullying Prevention month.  It is a time when, as a community, we should be educating our children on what bullying is and its potential consequences.  This is not merely a complicated topic for our children.  Our legal system is struggling to find the line between preventing tragedy while still holding those responsible […]

Head Start Held Back by Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown begins this month, many Americans have yet to feel the pinch in their personal lives.  A few days without select federal programs may seem somewhat less earth shattering in it’s reality than it may have seemed in the whirlwind of news bytes and buzz words leading up to midnight of September […]

A Practical Program for Children’s Health Rights

Over the last few weeks I have been very aware of an increasing amount of news articles related to children’s health rights.  I have seen discussions around immunization, court rulings on parent’s ability to opt their children out of treatment, laws passed on medical marijuana availability to children, and if you type in Obamacare and […]

N.J. Law Grants Sick Children Access to Edible Medical Marijuana

As reported by CNN, New Jersey passed into law on Tuesday a measure allowing sick children access to edible medical marijuana. Qualifying minors in New Jersey will now have a wider variety of treatment options, and the new law will remove the limit on the number of marijuana strains that may be cultivated. The new […]

Texas Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Divorce Cases

Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court announced plans to hear two cases in which same-sex couples married in Massachusetts are seeking a divorce in Texas.  As of this time, Texas does not recognize gay marriage as a state.  As reported by the Austin-American Statesman: The cases, involving couples from Austin and Dallas, will be the […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Student’s Questioning Violated Fourth Amendment, Court Rules, Education Week A school resource officer violated the rights of an 8-year-old student when he detained the youth and intimidated him into crying, all to coax a confession from another student who was the real suspect in the theft of a dollar bill, the state’s highest court has […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Time to Revisit Juvenile Sentencing Practices, Daily Press One year ago, in the case of Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole may not be imposed upon children, even in cases involving a homicide. The court had earlier ruled in Graham v. Florida that […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Bill Signed for County Court at Law, AliceTx.com Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently signed into law House Bill 3153, which is a cause for much celebration in the Jim Wells County Courthouse. The bill provides for the creation of a county court at law that will free up the county and district court, allowing more […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Fewer Kids in Illinois Prisons, Illinois Times During the late 1980s and 1990s, Illinois’ youth prisons began filling up rapidly. The tough-on-crime approach that began in the 1960s was at the peak of popularity, and state law reflected it in mandatory minimum sentences and other provisions. From 1985 to 2000, the state’s population of incarcerated […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Common Core is Putting Teachers Back in the Curricular Driver’s Seat, Eduwonk There’s been a lot of hullaballoo suddenly about the Common Core. Symptomatic of the strange political times we live in, the Tea Party Right and the social justice Left have found common ground on the purported dangers of Common Core standardization. What both […]