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NCJ Number: 118705 Find in a Library
Title: Will the Children Please Approach the Bench
Journal: School Safety  Dated:(Winter 1986)  Pages:11-13
Author(s): R H Mnookin
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 3
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Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Courtroom advocacy may create fewer immediate ethical and political problems for its professional partisans than lobbying.
Abstract: Legal child advocates favor litigation over legislative activities for reasons revolving around power and risks of opposition, costs and resources, and socialization of lawyers. Four suggestions are offered which include alternatives to litigation, careful selection of cases, coalition-building, and facing up to indeterminacy. This study shows going to court will often make a difference, although not necessarily the difference the advocate had in mind. It also suggests the profound difficulties of making policy for children, no matter what the forum. 9 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Youth advocates
Index Term(s): Public interest advocacy; Rights of minors
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