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Megan Mikutis

About Megan Mikutis

Megan Mikutis is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2012 with a B.A. in Literature. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Megan tutored undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in writing while working for the University of Houston – Clear Lake Writing Center. This summer, Megan worked for the Center for Children, Law, and Policy and had the opportunity to compose a policy statement discussing the disproportionate representation of Limited English Proficient students in special education. Currently, Megan serves as the President of the Student Bar Association as well as a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association. Megan is most interested in education and special education issues.

Playing Doctor, 10-Year-Old Girl Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

As reported by New York Daily News, a 10-year-old Houston girl faces charges of aggravated sexual assault after playing doctor with a young boy in her apartment complex. The girl — identified as “Ashley” — was playing with other children in her apartment complex’s courtyard in April when a witness reported that she inappropriately touched […]

Court Upholds Law Banning Gay to Straight Therapy for Minors

Last week, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California law barring psychological treatment aimed at turning gay youth straight. Liberty Counsel, a religious-based legal and public policy group, had filed an injunction against the law before it took effect earlier this year. In a unanimous opinion, the panel […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Strikes Down Louisiana Law Allowing Kids to Own Guns, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange A Louisiana juvenile court judge rankled the state’s pro-gun activists last week when she struck down portions of a state law allowing minors to carry firearms. East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson ruled that a law allowing concealed […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Backs Student Who Said He Couldn’t ‘Accept Gays’, The School Law Blog – Education Week A federal district judge has ruled that a high school teacher violated the free speech rights of a Michigan student by removing him from class for expressing views that he didn’t “accept gays” because of his Roman Catholic faith. […]

Disproportionate Numbers of Minorities and English Learners in Special Education Programs

The overrepresentation and underrepresentation of minority students in special education programs represents a national issue that has pervaded society for the past several decades. Mark Guiberson, author of “Hispanic Representation in Special Education: Patterns and Implications,” explains that “overrepresentation occurs when the percentage of minority students in special education programs is greater than that in […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Special Session Will Decide Maximum Sentence for Juveniles, KFDA Amarillo, TX - Sentencing a juvenile to life without parole is unconstitutional, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.  And now Texas lawmakers are deciding how to change state law to abide by federal law. Last year, SCOTUS ruled life without parole for someone under the age of 18 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Senate Introduces No Child Left Behind Successor, Houston Chronicle WASHINGTON (AP) — The one-sized-fits-all national requirements of No Child Left Behind would give way to standards that states write for themselves under legislation Senate Democrats announced Tuesday. The state-by-state approach to education standards is already largely in place in the 37 states that received waivers to the […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New Report Reveals Sexual Victimization Rates in U.S. Juvenile Facilities, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released a new report detailing rates of sexual victimization in the nation’s juvenile facilities. The report, incorporating data from the 2012 National Survey of Youth in Custody, found that nearly one in 10 young […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

District Not Liable in Student Bullying, Appeals Court Rules, The School Law Blog – Education Week A Pennsylvania school district cannot be held liable for the bullying of a high school student by one of her peers, despite the fact that school officials re-admitted the perpetrator after she had been found delinquent and then continued […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Justice Scalia Foresees DNA Sampling of Students, The School Law Blog – Education Week U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned in a dissent on Monday that the upholding of police taking the DNA of criminal suspects may one day lead to the universal collection of such samples in non-criminal contexts, including from children entering […]

New DSM-V Categories May Impact Diagnoses

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the publication’s first major revision in over twenty years, includes changes that have caused a stir in the psychiatric community. Among these changes, the DSM-V now combines the autism spectrum disorders into a single category and includes the newly created disruptive mood […]