Barton Child Law and Policy Center
The Barton Child Law and Policy Center promotes and protects the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. The Center's work is directed by Emory Law faculty and performed by law and other graduate students who participate in reform initiatives and holistic client representation by conducting research; advocating for individual clients; writing articles, policy papers, and other informational materials; and analyzing and drafting legislation and policy directives.
News from the Barton Center
GA Child Welfare Legal Academy
Our next program is Friday, January 20, from 1:30-3:45 pm at Emory Law School. For more details click on Registration to reserve your seat. The Honorable John Sumner and The Honorable Russell Jackson will be leading the presentation on CHINS.
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Gault at 50
In re Gault was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision that ensured the right to a lawyer for children accused of crimes in juvenile court. The ruling also provided other due process rights, including the right to be notified of the charges, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and the right to not have to make a statement against oneself. Join the National Juvenile Defender Center in their commemoration of the 50th anniversary of In re Gault by visiting http://gaultat50.org.
We congratulate our very own Randee J. Waldman, who will be honored by the National Juvenile Defender Center at their Atlanta Gault at 50 Kickoff Reception on October 29. Randee will be recognized for her tireless efforts to promote excellence in juvenile defense for Georgia's children.
Robin Nash Fellow
We are pleased to welcome Terrence Wilson to the Barton Center as our Robin Nash Postgraduate Fellow in Law.
Representing the Whole Child manual
Click on Representing the Whole Child: A Georgia Juvenile Defender Training Manual to view the second edition that is now available in pdf format. It will also be posted on our Publications page soon.
HR 4980 Preventing Sex Trafficking becomes law
On September 30, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act into law. In addition to many new requirements to combat sex trafficking, this bill makes significant changes to our child welfare law. It includes new mandates for government regarding "runaways," new mandated "normalcy" provisions, restrictions on the use of APPLA for children under 16, and new rights for children in foster care. A summary being prepared by the ABA to explain what this new federal law means for the states will soon be available at www.childlawpractice.org.
Child Welfare Legal Academy presentation videos are back online!
Thank you for your patience as Emory School of Law transitioned to a new website. Our most recent Child Welfare Legal Academy presentations and juvenile code revision presentations are now available. Please visit and bookmark the Barton Center's "Presentations" page on the Emory Law website.
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