Author Archives: Esther Kim

Esther Kim

About Esther Kim

Esther Kim is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduate from Wesleyan University in 2007 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus in Chinese Language and Literature. As an undergraduate, she worked one summer at the Citizens' Committee for Children, New York, a child advocacy organization, where she developed an interest in children's rights, community after-school resources, and immigration. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP in New York City. Esther is interested in adoptions and child neglect and abuse.

Holding it down in Rikers Island, NY

In a juvenile facility in Rikers Island, New York, juvenile detainees are routinely subject to violence and told to “hold it down,” which means to keep it quiet and not report the violence or injuries to other prison guards or the infirmary.  Furthermore, most of the staff and officers are not trained in how to […]

Stuck between a rock and a hard place: Juvenile Waivers

Seven high school football players in New Jersey have been charged with committing violent sexual hazing, including aggravated sexual assault. The boys await their first hearing this week, and if prosecutors are successful in requesting waivers, some or all of the boys might be tried as adults in criminal court. Whether a case is moved into the […]

America’s Declining Literacy Rates and the Curse of Technology

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but my daughter figured out how to use an iPad before she learned how to properly grip a pencil.  She preferred “flipping” the colorfully animated “pages” by swiping the screen rather than turning stiff cardboard or the tear-prone, fragile pages of a picture book.  Sadly, I’m mostly to blame: one […]

Custody Battle Raises Questions About the Rights of Women

How much personal autonomy does a pregnant woman have?  Is it considered an “appropriation of the child” for an unmarried pregnant woman to move to another state without notice to the putative father?  These complicated questions about a woman’s privacy rights are discussed in the New York Times article, Custody Battle Raises Questions about the […]

Children Sleeping on Concrete Floors of Overcrowded South Texas Juvenile Detention Facility

A juvenile detention center in Hidalgo County, Texas has overcrowding problems.   This past Halloween, 110 juveniles were brought into the 96 bed detention center, despite being forbidden by the Texas Administrative Code to hold more than its designated capacity.  14 children were forced to sleep on the facility’s concrete floor – 2 did not […]

Our 2nd Amendment Rights May Be Killing Our Children

The 2nd Amendment Gun Control and interpreting the 2nd Amendment has always been a hot button topic.  Some people, like myself, believe that no one but law enforcement should have access to guns.  Others believe that taking away a gun is a violation of their constitutional right to bear arms: A well regulated militia, being […]

Do Children Really Understand Their Miranda Rights?

In light of a recent event, in which Ashley, a 10 year old girl was arrested and interrogated for the alleged sexual assault of a 4 year old boy while playing doctor, I have begun to wonder, among other things, “Do children really understand their Miranda rights?” Miranda rights are procedural safeguards under the Constitution’s […]

Religion, Medical Treatment, and Vaccinations

There are some people who believe that vaccinations and other medical treatments could hurt, rather than help, their children.  They believe that modern medical procedures conflict with Biblical and other religious principles.  Among them are members of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, the Faith Tabernacle, the Church of the First Born, the Faith Assembly, and the […]

First Court of Appeals Decision on Certification of Juvenile Offenders

On July 30, 2013, the First Court of Appeals in Houston reversed Cameron Moon’s 2010 murder conviction and 30 year sentence. The Appellate Court found that the juvenile court abused its discretion in waiving jurisdiction and certifying Moon for trial as an adult. Moon was 16 when he was arrested for his crime. The juvenile […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

With Severe Budget Deficits, Florida DJJ May Be Forced to Close Several Facilities, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Facing a budget shortfall to the tune of $54.5 million, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) may end up closing some detention centers to cover its losses. Earlier this summer, the state DJJ was hit hard by a Court […]