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Children, Parents, and the Law: Public and Private Authority in the Home, Schools, and Juvenile Courts

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Third Edition

Leslie J. Harris
University of Oregon

Lee E. Teitelbaum
Late of Cornell University

Tamar R. Birckhead
University of North Carolina School of Law

2011. 880 pages. ISBN:  978-0-7355-0713-5. With Teacher's Manual.

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About the Book

Developed from Part III of the successful Family Law casebook by Harris and Teitelbaum, this shorter, very teachable book is ideal for child-focused courses that deal with the juvenile justice system or children as dependents.


  • Problem exercises throughout the book—some short and others longer and more complex
  • Interdisciplinary approach incorporates information from related social sciences such as psychology and sociology
  • Balanced perspective and coverage of issues, with no perceptible liberal or conservative bias in tone or selection of topics
  • Ample coverage of juvenile courts makes this an ideal choice for Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Court courses as well as courses that center on parents’ and children’s rights and obligations
  • Logical organization, clear structure make it suitable for a variety of teaching styles
  • Comprehensive Teacher’s Manual available in print and online

New to the Third Edition:

  • New Supreme Court cases:
    Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants' Association, which concerns the constitutionality of a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. This case takes up where Ginsberg v. New York (1968) left off.
    —  J.D.B. v. North Carolina, concerning how to apply Miranda when police interrogated a 13-year-old special ed student at school.
    — Camreta v. Greene, which will decide whether the usual Fourth Amendment requirements, including the warrant requirement, apply when police want to interview a child about child abuse or neglect allegations.
    — Graham v. Florida, in which the Court held that the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishments clause does not permit a juvenile offender to be sentenced to life in prison without parole for a non-homicide crime.  The decision, which relies heavily on Roper v. Simmons, was a striking departure from the Court's long-standing "death is different" jurisprudence as well as a signal of Justice Kennedy's enduring belief in the potential for young offenders to be redeemed.
  • Thorough update on same-sex relationships, including new material on the California same-sex marriage decision, comparison of marriage with civil unions and domestic partnerships, and interstate recognition of adoption and parentage