Welcome back, Lynn!
It has been a very busy year here at The Law Center, S.C. One of our partners, Lynn Bodi, just returned from a wonderful, well-deserved vacation to France! Lynn is fluent in French and enjoys communicating with her French clients in their native language. She was also able to put her yoga practice to use while in Paris!
1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”)
The 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) has been struck down. Here are opposing viewpoints on the implication of the Texas federal court’s decision last Friday:
Foster Grandparent Program
Our attorneys recently learned about the Foster Grandparent Program. This program is of special interest to The Law Center, as we have active an grandparent rights practice and we also regularly represent children who have special needs or their parents. Foster Grandparent volunteers serve as mentors, tutors and caregivers for children and youth with special needs. Almost 500 people in Wisconsin are active volunteers and the program is always looking for more eligible help. For more information about this program, please visit:
Her Madison Half Marathon and 5K
Yesterday several employees of The Law Center, S.C. participated in the Her Madison Half Marathon & 5K. This was the third year of participating for many of our employees and our first year being a sponsor. Congratulations to all the participants! The Her Madison Half Marathon and 5K supports Girls on the Run and we are proud that so many of our employees chose to participate. We are looking forward to next year!
Attorney Emily Dudak Leiter Will Be Traveling to Harvard Law School
Attorney Emily Dudak Leiter will be traveling to Harvard Law School next week to participate in a strategy group about how to save international adoption. Since 2005, international adoptions have dropped by 72 percent. Here is a good article about why. Emily and The Law Center believe that every child in the world has a fundamental human right to be safe and protected and to have a family. At Harvard, Emily will represent The Law Center as an immigration and international adoption lawyer; she will also represent the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys as its Immediate Past Vice President.
Stand up and Sing! For Kids
The Law Center, S.C., was one of the many proud sponsors of the Canopy Center’s “Stand Up and Sing! for Kids” event held on May 16, 2018 that benefits Canopy Center’s Dane County CASA, Oasis and the Parent to Child programs. Dane County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a program that provides a voice to abused and neglected children in Dane County. In 2017 they were able to work with 115 children and teens, provide 3,276 hours of service with the help of 109 volunteers.
Attorney Emily Dudak Leiter to Speak at GAL Training 2018
Today, attorney Emily Dudak Leiter (formerly Dudak Taylor) of The Law Center, S.C., will be presenting at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Guardian ad Litem Training Seminar.
She is excited to share her knowledge and experience in LGBTQ law with guardians ad litem from all over the state. Guardians ad litem (GALs) are independent attorneys appointed by the Court to represent the child’s best interest in a variety of cases, including child protection, divorce, and termination of parental rights. Emily will discuss the four cases for LGBT families to know since 2014, who is a legal parent of the child in the post-marriage equality world, what parentage is, parentage vs. adoption and affirmative vs. defensive parentage. For those not attending the seminar who still want to know this information see her hand-out here.
Special Olympics Regional Track and Field Meet
Attorney Nancy Winter of The Law Center, S.C., coached the Special Olympics Regional Track and Field Meet on May 5, 2018 at Oregon High School. Over 320 athletes competed this year with 28 athletes from the Oregon Chapter. The State Meet will take place on June 7, 2018 through June 9, 2018 at UW- Stevens Point. Good luck to Nancy and all the athletes!
Nancy has been coaching track for the Special Olympics for over 12 years. During college, Nancy was a member of the track and field team at UW-Madison. Her areas of law include life and estate planning, probate, real estate, business law, and tax planning and preparation.
Congratulations to Attorney Emily Dudak Leiter!
We at The Law Center, S.C. want to congratulate Vice President Attorney Emily Dudak Leiter for winning this year’s AAAA President’s Award. The award is given for “Leadership, Dedication, Fairness and Vision.” We are glad your skills and efforts are being recognized! Emily just finished her term as AAAA Vice President.
I am for the Child Day
The Wisconsin CASA Association is hosting a statewide awareness event on April 18. The event is “I am for the Child Day” and the purpose is to create awareness of CASA programs throughout the State. The Law Center, S.C. will be participating in the awareness campaign by encouraging staff to wear blue on April 18 and by posting pictures to social media in support of the campaign.
Currently there are programs in Brown, Columbia, Dane, La Crosse, Marinette, Manitowoc , Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Rock and Vernon counties. Attorney Nancy Winter is a board member of Canopy Center, which is the umbrella organization for Dane County CASA. Attorney Kristi Baker is a board member of the state association.
GAL Training 2018
Attorney Emily Dudak Leiter (formerly Dudak Taylor) of The Law Center, S.C., will be presenting at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Guardian ad Litem Training Seminar on May 10, 2018.
She is excited to share her knowledge and experience in LGBTQ law with guardians ad litem from all over the state. Guardians ad litem (GALs) are independent attorneys appointed by the Court to represent the child’s best interest in a variety of cases, including child protection, divorce, and termination of parental rights. Emily will discuss the dramatic changes in LGBTQ law over the last four years, particularly in the areas of parentage and adoption, and explain how these changes must be recognized and applied in all actions affecting children of LGBTQ families. She is excited for this audience. See more information here.
National School Walkout
At 10:00am today students can participate in the National School Walkout. The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) will be staffing a legal referral hotline for students and parents who may face consequences of this. The hotline number is 1-857-529-9373 (1-857-LAWYER3). Here at The Law Center, Attorney Kristi Baker will represent pro bono any kids facing disciplinary action for expressing their first amendment rights to protest.
What legal rights do students really have to protest during the school day?
Here are some answers.
New Interactive Map of Vetted LGBT Attorneys by the LGBT Family Law Institute!
We are proud that our attorney, Emily Dudak Leiter, is the one attorney listed for Wisconsin!
The LGBT Family Law Institute, a joint venture of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the LGBT Bar, is excited to announce the launch of a brand new interactive Member Directory Map. This state-of-the-art feature allows any member of the public to find an experienced, knowledgeable, and LGBT-friendly family law practitioner in their state. Potential clients and fellow attorneys seeking a referral can easily scroll through a list of all LGBT Family Law Institute members in each state and see both the cities they practice in as well as their specific practice areas. Contact information is also readily available. Click below to visit the directory!
And every day here is bring-your-dog-to-work day!
New Lawsuits in Intercountry Surrogacy
These two lawsuits by Immigration Equality are huge. They could affect several of my intercountry surrogacy cases, for same- and different-sex couples. We will keep a close eye on both cases and keep our clients posted.
Congratulations to Ash!
We appreciate his determination and willingness to challenge the policies of the Kenosha Unified School District. Many school districts throughout Wisconsin are already respecting transgender students, and we hope to see fewer cases like this in the future. See this.
Texas Found to Have Violated Federal Law That Protects Student Who Need Special Education
Texas set an arbitrary number that acted as a limit of how many student could get special education services. Child who need special education services are guaranteed by federal law a free, appropriate public education program suited to their needs. See this.
From the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago
“Last night, a judge blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. Below is a quick summary from National Immigration Law Center about what that means.
FOR DACA RECIPIENTS: We’re determining the best course of action for DACA recipients who may be eligible for renewal under this ruling. Please keep an eye on NIJC’s social media channels and our website at www.immigrantjustice.org, and we’ll post guidance as soon as we can.
IN THE MEANTIME: Keep fighting for a clean #DreamActNow! This is the only solution to provide permanent protection and status for immigrant youth. Contact your members of Congress here: www.immigrantjustice.org/DreamAct.”
Nationwide preliminary injunction in favor of DACA renewals. Spread the word!
“Unless halted by a higher court, the ruling will allow former DACA recipients who failed to renew by an October 5 deadline a chance to submit renewal applications and will also require the administration to allow renewal of applications expiring in the future. The decision does not require officials to accept new applications for DACA status.” Here is the article.