Jury Finds Houston-Area Teen Who Fatally Shot Her Abusive Father Not Guilty

A Harris County jury delivered a not guilty verdict Monday for a Houston-area student who shot and killed her abusive father. In April 2009, Mark Nelson walked into the bathroom and watched his twelve year-old daughter in the bathtub. Trial testimony showed that Nelson’s behavior was part of a pattern of physical and sexual abuse […]

Overmedicating of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care are 13 times more likely to be medicated with powerful psychotropic drugs than children not in foster care. According to a new federal report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there have even been instances where doctors prescribed doses beyond what the Food and Drug Administration have approved. As a CASA […]

It’s Time for a Federal Mandatory Reporter Law

The Penn State sexual abuse case has been all over the news. Americans are disgusted with the moral apathy exhibited by the administrators and coaches who covered up abuse allegations. Their failure to report likely caused scores of additional children to be subjected to an alleged sexual offender. Instead of looking backward, placing blame, and […]

The Link Between the “Occupy” Protests and Education in America

I just read an insightful blog posting by Fareed Zakaria regarding his take about the “Occupy” protests and wanted to add my two cents to the topic of discussion. In his article, Zakaria notes that the “Occupy” protesters are frustrated by their perception of the vast inequality of circumstance in our country. As most people […]

Overly Sexy Halloween Outfits for Young Girls

The trend in Halloween costumes for young girls is disturbingly skin-baring and over-sexualized. Girls as young as elementary school age can choose between outfits with short skirts, baring their whole shoulders and arms, and/or that leave their mid section uncovered. What could the long-term harm be in revealing outfits on young girls? According to recent […]

Rosenberg Scholars visit the 315th Juvenile Court

Several of the Rosenberg Scholars (Janice, Alex, Chloe) had the opportunity to visit the 315th Juvenile Court last week and speak with Associate Judge Angela Ellis about the child protection court system in Harris County. Judge Ellis was very generous with her time and spoke to us about her role as judge and developing the GIRLS […]

Day One of the Juvenile Defenders Summit

Friday was the first day of the National Juvenile Defenders Leadership Summit.  The Center for Children, Law & Policy scholars had the opportunity to meet many practicing defenders and learn practical tips as well as current research and statistics. The breakout session that I enjoyed the most was on the issues facing Native American delinquent […]

National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit 2011

This weekend several of our scholars will be in Seattle for the annual National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit. The Summit is a three-day conference where juvenile defenders from every state meet to discuss and learn about important issues facing our youth and those who defend them. Topics at past conferences have included immigration issues (such […]

What has Texas done lately to stop school bullying?

A few weeks ago, the topic of school bullying seemed to have dropped off the radar of the mainstream media. After a flurry of teen suicides in the last few years focused the nation’s attention on state anti-bullying efforts, the spotlight was eventually pushed away. But last month’s tragic suicide of teenager Jamey Rodemeyer has […]