Family Defense Center Staff Attorney Receives Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship
The Family Defense Center is pleased to announce that staff attorney Melissa Laurie Staas (nee Sharstrom) is one of five attorneys to receive a $50,000 fellowship from the Chicago Bar Foundation. This prestigious award is given to attorneys who are pursuing a career in legal aid and public interest law. Recipients must demonstrate a commitment to public interest work, academic achievement in law school, and outstanding character and integrity.
Children's Rights: Challenging a Listing in a Child Abuse Registry
By: Diane L. Redleaf & Steven L. Pick
In jurisdictions throughout the United States, family members and professionals who work with children have successfully challenged the decisions of chld-welfare and law-enforcement authorities after being listed as perpetrators of abuse or neglect in child abuse registries.
Notice to all persons located in the state of Illinois who were:
A. Investigated or indicated for neglect under Allegation 60 from July 13, 2012 through December 31, 2013;
B. Were indicated for neglect under Allegation 60 from May 31, 2014 through June 11, 2014.
A class action lawsuit, entitled Ashley M., et al. v. Ill. Dep’t of Children & Family Servs., et al., No. 2013 CH 20278, is now pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, Cook County, Illinois.
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