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Children's Law and Juvenile Justice

Study Aids

The following study aids provide an overview of the rights of minors, the juvenile justice system, an explanation of status offenses (CHINS), deprivation (dependency), juvenile court procedure and jurisdiction, juvenile detention, legislation, foster care, and adoption.

The most recent editions of the following titles are available in print and held on reserve at MacMillan Law Library’s Service Desk on the 2nd floor:

Treatises & Form Books

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Treatises on Westlaw

  • Thomas Jacobs & Natalie Jacobs, Children and the Law: Rights and Obligations (Current through May 2019): This multi-volume set offers an extensive analysis of legal issues affecting children, including child welfare, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights and juvenile delinquency.
  • Thomas R. Young, Legal Rights of Children (Current through Nov. 2019): This treatise includes a table of cases and table of laws/rules pertinent to children, including rights of handicapped children, discrimination, child pornography, and other legal issues. Also in print, KF479 .L442, Vol. 1 and 2, located on the 4th Floor, MacMillan Law Library.
  • Samuel M. Davis, Rights of Juveniles. The Juvenile Justice System, 2d. (Current through March 2019): Provides comprehensive information on juvenile justice procedures, the constitutionality of juvenile execution, and jurisdictional issues.  This treatise includes a 50-state juvenile law survey.  Also in print, KF9794.R548, located on 4th Floor, MacMillan Law Library.
  • Ann M. Haralambie, Handling Child Custody, Abuse & Adoption Cases (Current through Dec. 2018): Abuse, termination of parental rights and family law topics are explored in this treatise.

Treatises on Lexis

  • Michael J. Dale, Representing the Client-Child (Current through October 2019): Provides guidance to attorneys on the emancipation of minors and the representation and legal rights of court-involved children.

Forms (Print, Westlaw, and Lexis)


eBook and Print Treatises

Monographs at the MacMillan Law Library

Call numbers for books related to children’s legal issues and juvenile justice are KF479, KF540-550, and KF9771-9827.  The below selected books are all located on the 4th Floor of MacMillan Law Library, unless otherwise noted:

  • Committee on Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform, Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach (2013): KF9779 .R42
  • Children’s Advocacy Institute, University of San Diego School of Law, A Child’s Right to Counsel: A National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused & Neglected Children (2012): KF479. F742
  • Nancy E. Dowd, ed., Justice for Kids: Keeping Kids out of the Juvenile Justice System (2011): KF9779 .J87
  • Samuel M. Davis, Children’s Rights Under the Law (2011): KF479 .D385
  • Sandra Simkins, When Kids Get Arrested: What Every Adult Should Know (2009): KF9779 .S54
  • Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children’s Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate (2008): KF479 .W66
  • Martha Albertson Fineman and Karen Worthington, editors, What is Right for Children?: The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights (2009): KF4783 .W43 (Available at MacMillan and Woodruff Libraries)

Law Reviews & Journals

HeinOnline:  Full-text, fully-searchable compilation of law reviews, bar journals, federal materials, treaties, international resources and more.  Documents are organized into “libraries” (or collections) and presented in PDF format.  Examples of law reviews and journals dedicated to child welfare and juvenile justice include:

Research Guides & Practitioner-Focused Web Sites

Research Guides  

Practitioner-focused Web Resources - Georgia

American Bar Association