Archive for the ‘Parenting’ category

Alright – it’s time for an “offensive nomenclature call-out” moment.  Someone has to declare these terms no longer usable by the media, by pundits, or really, by anyone, so here’s the list: Love Child – used by the NY Daily News, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post, among many others to describe the child […]

This morning the Vermont Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a family court trial judge’s order awarding Janet Jenkins sole custody of her daughter Isabella.  This case has gained a great deal of media and legal attention since 2003 when Isabella’s other mother, Lisa Miller-Jenkins, moved to Virginia, became an Evangelical Christian and sought to deny Janet […]

A: What we think we know about their sexualities deviates from a narrowly defined and ruthlessly enforced notion of  “healthy adult sexuality.”  He liked/wanted/got too much, she (is assumed to) like/want/get not enough.   The hub bub surrounding General Kagan’s (I love that title) nomination to the Supreme Court has unfortunately over-focused on her sexuality […]

As was noted in yesterday’s post about the New York Court of Appeals’ decision in the Debra H. v. Janice R. case, the non-bio mom in a lesbian relationship won the right to a hearing on whether she should be awarded visitation or custody of the child she and her now-ex lover had raised for […]

New York’s highest court Tuesday unanimously granted parental rights to a woman whose former partner blocked her from spending time with the child the two women had raised together since birth. The Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Court of Appeals in the case, Debra H. […]

Kathleen Cochrane is s 2008 graduate of Columbia Law School, and is now an associate at Sullivan and Cromwell, after having clerked for the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit.  Her firm served as co-counsel with the ACLU in a recent case in Arkansas, and she offers these thoughts on […]

Live Streaming Video Screening of Oral Argument In DEBRA H. v. JANICE R. before the New York Court of Appeals WEDNESDAY, February 17th at 2:00pm, JGH 602 The dispute in Debra H. centers on the issue of “functional parenthood” — who is a legal parent in the eyes of the law? In the 1991 case […]

The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico is currently considering whether Puerto Rico’s laws permit the adoption of a child by a non-biological parent who is the same-sex partner of the child’s legally recognized parent.  Such adoptions are typically referred to as “second-parent” adoptions because they occur in situations where the child already has a legally […]

The Supreme Court issued a decision today authored by Justice David Souter that is likely his last opinion on the Court.   The Court decided Safford Unified School District v. Redding 8-1 that the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures was violated when public school officials searched a 13 year old girl by having […]

The New York Times reports today about Lisa Pagan, a member of the U.S. Army Individual Ready Reserves, who brought her two small children (ages 3 and 4) with her when she had been reactivated for service and reported for duty at Ft. Benning, GA, hoping to dramatize her request for an exemption from service […]



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