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Children and the Law

If you are a California prosecutor, public defender, member of the criminal defense bar, or a California judge or referee handling juvenile law matters, Children and the Law will probably cut your research time by at least 50% - usually more! To speed your research, Children and the Law gives you expertly written briefs of al the relevant law, law that has many practical applications to practicing DAs, PDs, juvenile law layers, and judges with juvenile law assignments.


Main Subject Index
  • Delinquency Matters
  • Dependency Petitions
  • Evidentiary Issues
  • Non-Dependency Term. of Parental Rights
  • The Child Witness

The Authors

Hon. Daniel M. Hanlon
Presiding Justice, First District Court of Appeal

Justice Hanlon had a long and varied career on the San Francisco Superior Court bench, which included the position of Head Juvenile Court Judge through the mid-1980's. In 1989 he served as Presiding Judge of the Superior Court. He was elevated to the Appellate Court and later named its Presiding Justice. A graduate of the University of San Francisco and USF Law School, Judge Hanlon presently serves as Adjunct Professor of Juvenile Law at USF in addition to his court duties. He has taught juvenile law subjects to other judges at the California Judges' College.

Michael Clark, Esq.
Lead Deputy County Counsel

Mr. Clark is Lead Deputy County Counsel in the Child Dependency Unit of the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office. His primary duties include trial and appellate advocacy on behalf of the Department of Family and Children's Service in child abuse and neglect cases. Mr. Clark lectures frequently on dependency law at state and local conferences. Most recently, he is a co-author for CEB's publication California Juvenile Dependency Practice.

Hon. Leonard Edwards
Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court

Judge Edwards is Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. In addition to his official duties, he is the Chair, Juvenile Court Judges of California. On the bench since 1980, he was the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge of that county for six years. Prior to becoming a judge, he was in private practice for five years and served as a Santa Clara County public defender for five years. He is a graduate of Wesleyan (BA, 1963) and the University of Chicago (JD, 1966.)

Garrett C. Dailey, Esq., CFLS
Attorney at Law, Oakland, California

Mr. Dailey is a practicing family law attorney with offices in Oakland. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, a Fellow in the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Attorneys. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar Family Law Section. He has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California numerous times by Super Lawyers and is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America." He is a recipient of the LACBA Brandeis, ACFLS Hall of Fame, and AAML SoCal Family Law Person of the Year awards. Emphasizing appellate practice, his published cases include: Valli, Elkins, LaMusga; Facter, Hibbard, Hill & Dittmer, Cadwell-Faso, Dellaria & Blickman, Alter, Barthold, Heiner, Pearlstein, Nicholson & Sparks, Drapeau, and Copeman.

Jerry P. Coleman, Esq.
Assistant District Attorney

An Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco since 1979, Mr. Coleman has held numerous positions in that office, including Director of Training and Head Attorney of the Special Prosecutions Unit. His current duties include roles as Advisor to the County Criminal Grand Jury and Legislative Liaison. A graduate of Stanford University and U.C. Davis School of Law, Mr. Coleman has published extensively in the criminal justice field and was awarded "Lecturer of Merit" by the National College of District Attorneys, where he is a member of the Faculty.