Legal Director’s Corner: November 18, 2017

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Child Justice’s legal team has been extremely active over the past two months.

Together with pro bono attorneys at O’Melveny & Myers we prepared for a major custody case that favorably settled on the eve of trial. The client was quite pleased with the outcome and we believe the settlement was in her and the children’s best interest.

Our preparation for that trial allowed us to depose a psychologist who often testifies against protective parents and draft a motion and supporting memorandum to strike that expert’s testimony as unsound “junk” science. This memorandum relied on two new Maryland Court of Appeals opinions that are quite favorable to Child Justice in that they make it more difficult for so-called experts to offer expert-opinion testimony that is based on ipse dixit (or, the expert’s mere say-so) without pointing to a scientific basis in support of the expert’s testimony.

Child Justice volunteer attorney, David Dorey filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals in support of a mother whose children were kidnapped to another state by their father.

In addition, Child Justice was an amicus curiae in a Hague Convention case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, filed by the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Child Justice was also an amicus in a so-called parental alienation case before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, filed by the D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP. Finally, Child Justice was an amicus in a grandparent-custody case before the Texas Supreme Court, filed by the Dallas office of Baker Botts.

Further, Child Justice continues to assist an attorney who is representing a protective father in Frederick, Maryland who is trying to shield his young daughter from her stepfather, an adjudicated abuser of the girl’s mother. We are working with an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) expert who we hope will educate the court on the negative effects for a child who witnesses her mother being abused.

Child Justice Fundraiser For Support A Cause A Success

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On September 27, 2017, Child Justice hosted Support a Cause at the Embassy Row Hotel. The rooftop bar provided a scenic view and the evening was spent talking with friends and supporters about Child Justice’s mission, current cases, and future endeavors. The Embassy Row Hotel donated a portion of every drink and food item purchased to Child Justice, and we were lucky enough to have set a record for attendance! Thank you to all who attended this great event, and because of its success, we hope to have more in the future!

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Celebration of the Heroes of Child Justice 2017

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On May 7th, 2017, we gathered with friends, family and supporters at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for our annual Heroes of Child Justice celebration. This year, we honored Shelley Rubin - Child Justice Board from Chair 2013-2017, Child Justice pro-bono partners from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and Child Justice Board Member Anne H. Hoyer who also received a citation from MD Governor Larry Hogan recognizing her work as Director of the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program. We were honored to also be joined by our special guest, Maryland Delegate C.T. Wilson, District 28, who was an active participant in the festivities.

Please feel free to browse through the gallery below to check out photos from the 2016 celebration!

Celebration of the Heroes of Child Justice 2016

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On May 26th, 2016, we gathered with friends, family and supporters at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for our annual Heroes of Child Justice celebration. We were honored to also be joined by our special guest, Maryland Delegate C.T. Wilson, District 28, who was an active participant in the festivities.

Please feel free to browse through the gallery below to check out photos from the 2016 celebration!

Child Justice’s First Birthday Celebration

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Happy birthday to us! On May 31st, 2015, we gathered at the Annapolis Maritime Museum to celebrate Child Justice's first birthday. We have come so far in the last year, so it was particularly special to commemorate the occasion with family, friends and Steny H. Hoyer, U.S. Representative, MD-5.

Browse the gallery below to check out the photos from our very special, inaugural anniversary celebration.