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Student News Recap: Week of January 21, 2014

Jim Golden, a practicing attorney and thought leader in high-stakes negotiations, spoke at the Student and Faculty Retreat on Thursday, January 23 in the University Chapel.

Students in the Fall 2013 Child Advocacy Practicum (CAP) received a commendation from the State Deputy Commission and Director of Child Support Enforcement for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The director praised the services, resources, encouragement, and ingenuity that the CAP team put forth.

As a result of amicus work a group of CAP and Center for Global Justice students did regarding the protection of children and parental rights in L.F. v. Breit, the Virginia Code has been amended. The amendment states, “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”

In December 2013, Macy Gurley presented a Fathering Court initiative to the Tennessee District Attorney. The presentation was based on her article, “Daddy Do-Over: How Fathering Courts Address Tennessee’s Child Support Problems” and her efforts with the Portsmouth DCSE and Family Restoration Network.

The Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law hosts its 3rd Annual Symposium, The Rule of Law in East Africa, on February 21 and February 22. Visit the symposium website for a detailed schedule and registration information.

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