Robert C. Fellmeth is Executive Director of the
Children's Advocacy Institute.  He holds the
Price Chair in Public Interest Law at the
University of San Diego and has authored or
contributed to 14 books.  Fellmeth has argued
40 reported appellate cases.   He serves on
Children, also serving as treasurer and
counsel.  He has served on the Board of the
National Association of Counsel for Children
from 1994 to 2018 and on the Board of Public
Citizen in D.C. since 1996.  He is a graduate of
Stanford University (AB) and Harvard
University (JD).
Jessica K. Heldman holds the
Fellmeth-Peterson Chair in Child Rights at the
University of San Diego. She served as
Associate Executive Director at the Robert F.
Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile
Justice where she guided the development of
child welfare and juvenile justice law, policy, and
practice. She has authored several guidebooks
and articles on child welfare and juvenile justice
reform and consulted for organizations including
the Child Welfare League of America and
Georgetown University. She is a graduate of
Northwestern University (BS) and the University
of San Diego (JD).

Child Rights and Remedies provides a comprehensive
examination of how United States law and policy affects the lives
and futures of children. This law school text covers a broad
spectrum of major cases, statutes, and relevant empirical
evidence that illustrate how children are faring in light of how our
legal and political systems function. Uniquely among juvenile law
texts, Child Rights and Remedies begins by delving into the
underlying political context of available remedies for children,
highlighting the special status of children – a status that does not
always work to their advantage, particularly vis a vis special
interests with far greater access to and influence over all
branches of government. Within this context, the text explores the
barriers to developing policy favorable to children with regard to
poverty, education, health, special needs, child care, child abuse,
juvenile delinquency, reproductive rights, custody and civil
liberties. This updated edition also explores the timely issue of
immigration and the rights of children, a politically charged area of
law and policy deeply impacting vast numbers of children. In
addition to the almost 200 legal references that cover major
federal and influential state court decisions, the text contains
probing questions and commentary designed to challenge the
reader to consider diverse points of view and construct compelling
legal arguments. Broad analysis of constitutional law and civil
procedure complements the child-specific content, making Child
Rights and Remedies a valuable tool for any student of the law.

Chapters survey the major subject areas of substantive law
important to children, including: (a) reproductive rights and
responsibilities, (b) child poverty and safety net sustenance, (c)
education rights and investment, (d) health, medical care, and
safety, (e ) children with special needs,  (f) child protection from
abuse, (g) juvenile justice, (h) child rights to custody/family
support/emancipation, (i) child rights to property/contracts/tort
recovery, (j) civil liberties, and (k) a final chapter on child rights
and international law.  In each subject area the text presents
illustrative data pertaining to children from major studies, with the
leading legal precedents excerpted and followed by questions for
discussion and notes concerning their application after the date of
the holding.  The text extensively covers the principal federal
statutes and cases, as well as influential and sometimes
groundbreaking state holdings that reveal variations or which
raise important issues.  

Child Rights and Remedies offers a broad examination of our
political and legal systems in determining the futures of children.
For those concerned about the well-being of children in this
country and beyond, this text is an essential guide for powerfully
advocating for their rights and representing their interests.
4th Edition


Robert C. Fellmeth
and Jessica K.

ISBN: 978-0-9998747-9-0
754 pp.    $59.99  2019