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Lisa Steffek

About Lisa Steffek

Lisa Steffek is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Lisa completed her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Texas in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an undergraduate, Lisa worked as a research assistant studying child attachment. Lisa also worked for several years at The Settlement Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescent females. Most of the girls at The Settlement Home had been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, and Lisa worked with the girls to teach them life-skills and provided psychological treatment to prepare them for adulthood and the transition to foster homes. Lisa also worked for six years in various academic capacities at the University of Texas, including an undergraduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and undergraduate writing consultant. Lisa has presented papers regarding human development at various academic conferences in the states and abroad, and has had her writing published in an international, academic journal.

Kansas Legislation Aimed At Allowing Parents To Spank Harder Rejected

In Kansas currently spanking is allowed but it crosses the line and become child abuse when it leaves a mark. Kansas is one of a handful of states where corporal punishment is legal in schools. Democratic state representative, Gail Finney, aimed to expand that definition of corporal punishment by making it legal to spank and […]

Belgian Lawmakers Grant Children the Right to Die

The lower house of the Belgian Parliament have adopted a bill that extends the right to euthanasia to minors. Belgium was already one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, but until now it has only been applicable for adults. Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 for those in “constant and unbearable physical or […]

“Avonte’s Law”: GPS Tracking System For Children With Autism

In October of 2013, New York teen Avonte Oquendo, disappeared from his school and was confirmed dead last month. Avonte was afflicted with autism and seen in security cameras fleeing the school on the day he went missing. Now, New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer has proposed a bill that would provide optional tracking devices […]

Judge Rules Sperm Donor Is Legal Father Of Child Born To Lesbian Couple

In Topeka, Kansas a judge has deemed that a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is the legal father of the child produced because a licensed doctor was not involved in the insemination. Now the man, William Marotta, must pay child support. Marotta responded to a Craigslist add posted by Jennifer Schreiner and […]

Spanking and Later Aggressive Behavior in Children

Academic study links spanking to later aggressive and antisocial behavior in children according to researcher Murray Straus, PhD.  As reported by Rick Nauert, PhD, Senior News Editor for PsychCentral, spanking a child can have the exact opposite result of what a parent intends.  Straus’s research indicates that college students who were spanked as children are […]

DNA and Juvenile Offenders

We have seen DNA testing change the way police investigations are conducted, and in some instances, we see the fortuitous consequence of wrongly convicted prisoners being released from jail.  Undoubtedly, there are many positive results of DNA testing, but are the results always so positive? Currently, thirty-five states collect DNA from convicted juveniles.  In one […]

Guns in Schools: The Protection of Texas Children Act

School shootings are a hot topic nationwide.  Since Columbine, Virginia Tech, and most recently, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, controversy surrounds the issue of how best to prevent school shootings.  To address this, in May of this year, House Bill 1009, the Protection of Texas Children Act, was passed by the Senate. Representative Jason […]

Battling Bullying

Students nationwide headed back to school this week.  Doubtlessly, this happening resulting in much anxiety for parents and children alike.  Wonders about new teachers, different schedules and new routines had to be abundant, and for some, wonders about another kind of worry are bound to have arisen: bullying. Bullying has become a major problem for […]

Monday’s Children and the Law Roundup

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Restriction of Solitary Confinement for Juveniles, Juvenile Justice Exchange Forum Legislators in Texas heard a proposal Tuesday from Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte that would limit solitary confinement throughout the state’s juvenile detention facilities, the Associated Press reports. “You might think that nobody puts a kid in seclusion for more […]

Baby Talk

In a recent article published in the New York Times, Tina Rosenberg explores the idea of baby talk.  In The Power of Talking to Your Baby definitive and critical research about child development is discussed.  Scholars have debated the reason(s) for the dramatic chasm between children raised in poverty and those who are not.  Numerous […]