Articles

“GIVE 20 in 20”

By Sal Mungia.  Whenever I hear the phrase “give me _____” (insert the number of your choice in the blank) my blood pressure still notches up a good 20 points with the number of heartbeats doing the same. To those of us growing up at a certain time that phrase was usually associated with having […]
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The State’s Duty to Prevent Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse in Foster Care

By Loren A. Cochran, Cole B. Douglas, and Bridget T. Grotz.  Foster care often involves caring for children who have suffered child abuse or neglect. For example, a 2009 study reported that in a sample size of 155 girls in foster care up to 81% reported being sexually abused, and of those, 68% reported being […]
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Joel’s Law Mental Health Statute may be a lifeline for family and friends

By Diana Kiesel, Commissioner.  It is hard to read a newspaper or magazine without an article about the mental health crisis in our county. I’m writing this article during my Civil Commitment rotation at Western State Hospital. Frequently, I see family members appear in court to support loved ones during civil commitment proceedings. The family […]
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President Lincoln, The General and the Nuns

By Richard F. DeJean.  Over the years and very much of a rarity, almost to say once in a blue moon, I would hear discussions of how a small convent of nuns from France had an influence on the Emancipation Proclamation delivered by President Lincoln. The Congress then passed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments […]
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Conversations of a Married Couple, the Best Solace of Human Existence

By Matthew H. Thomas.  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, my colleagues on the editorial board suggested that I write about the federal marital communications privilege. The U.S. Supreme Court has described conversations between a married couple as the “’best solace of human existence.’”[1] The law on privilege has evolved over time. Today, marital conversations […]
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Valentine’s Day: What is It, Why Do We Celebrate It, and Who is It Really For?

By Shannon Hadeed.  There are three theories regarding the history of Valentine’s Day; 1) Roman/Pagan festival 2) two Christian martyrs named Valentine and 3) Hallmark, an American Corporation. The Pagan/Roman Theory For those who believe in the Roman/Pagan festival theory of origin, there was a festival called Lupercalia, held in mid-February, which celebrated the coming […]
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Parenting Plan Ideas: A Short Version

By Judge Brian Tollefson, ret.  Parenting Plan negotiations during dissolution and relocation proceedings can be some of the most stressful times for parents. However, not all cases involving children have issues with the parenting plan. Parents who understand how important it is to a child’s well-being that they co-operate and effectively communicate about their child’s […]
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