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When the public thinks of children and the law, high-visibility cases like Baby Jessica and Baby Richard come to mind. The human drama of a small child caught up in a titanic custody struggle attracts unrelenting media attention and triggers cries for law reform. Yet for every Baby Jessica and Baby Richard, thousands of children pass through our courts with little public attention but with consequences to them just as momentous and life altering as those cases featured on the national news shows. In 1991 State Bar of Michigan leadership began to ask whether our profession and Michigan's courts are as sensitive and responsive to the needs of children as we could be. Through the leadership of 1992-93 President George Googasian, the first of four State Bar presidents to firmly support this effort, the State Bar established a Children's Task Force Planning Committee in the spring of 1992.


Reproduced with permission. Copyright 1995, State Bar of Michigan.