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  • SPRING, 1966 - VOL. XVII, NO. 1 37

    lawyers and share with them pertinent informa- tion bearing on the intake plan.

    11. The lawyer representing clients a t intake in fam-

    1. Provide legal advice to his client and assist the intake worker to interpret to the client the functions, aims and limitations of the family court.

    2. Participate in the intake decision-making process, sharing with the intake worker perti- nent non-confidential information and assist- ing his client to understand and accept the most beneficial decision.

    3. Respect the confidentiality of information dis- closed by the client and by the social worker.

    ily matters should:

    Lawyers have a function other than as contest- ants in adversary proceedings. They are officers of the court and counsellors-at-law as well as advo- cates for the best interests of their clients. Neither the court nor the court-attached social worker should discourage participation of independent counsel for all parties in family and juvenile court matters. On the other hand, they should encourage consulta- tion with a lawyer. Lawyers should recognize the value of, and encourage the use of, social resources for the welfare of their clients. Both lawyers and social workers should discharge their responsibili- ties in such a manner as to prevent or lessen hostili- ties and promote respect for the authority of law and the administration of justice.

    Minneapolis Prepares for 1966 Convention

    The City of Lakes will welcome severai hun- dred juvenile and family court judges and their families on June 20-24 for the annual convention of the National Council. Headquartered at the mod- ern Capp Towers Hotel, participants will have an opportunity to see much of the lake-dotted state of Minnesota in addition to attending the scheduled meetings.

    The program this year represents a departure from the past; the emphasis is on participation rather than speakers, papers and panels. The core of the program is a set of six resolutions on contro- versial subjects. Each one will be considered first by brief debate with discussion by the judges attend- ing; second, in each population forum by discussion of the impact of the resolution on the various size jurisdictions; and third, in general session where a national position may be taken if a consensus is reached. The Court House, Minneapolis

    Experience has shown the value of informal dis- cussions among judges grouped according to the Resolution 1- size of their jurisdictions. Eight groups will be ar- ranged with a moderato,r and recorder for each.

    The following resolutions are proposed (others may be offered from the floor) :

    Resolved: That the Judge of Juvenile Court (I) should have control of the employment of all persons who may provide delinquency or neg- lect casework, (2) should determine all methods


    of treatment in both delinquency and neglect cases, and (3) should receive regular, detailed progress reports as to each case.

    Resolved: That removal of a child from his home is a judicial decision to be made only after due hearing and neither the timing of the removal nor the return of the child can be left to the dis- cretion of social workers.

    ((Resolved : That lawyers are necessary and proper a t all stages of the various functions and jurisdictions of the Juvenile Court.

    Resolution 2-

    Resolution 3-

    Resolution 4- Resolved: That in any proceeding, including de- linquency, by which a child may be deprived of life, liberty, or property, the child is entitled to each and all of the rights guaranteed by due process.

    Resolution 5- Resolved: That the Courts should only permit release of information identifying a delinquent child when demonstrated to be in that childs welfare.

    Resolution 6- Resolved: That active membership in this Coun- cil should be open to all Judges of the United States and Canada who are exercising juvenile or domestic relations jurisdiction and emeritus membership should be open to all such Judges who have exercised such jurisdiction.

    Clinics Four clinics are scheduled and experts will pre-

    side a t each offering information and suggestions. The clinics will be devoted to

    Local services available to courts. These in- clude consideration of the role of the church-

    es, schools, welfare departments and com- munity agencies.

    National Services available to courts. Consid- eration will be given to the value of federal agencies and private organizations. New fed- eral legislation provides new assets.

    Methods of Community Relations. The peren- nial problem of developing and retaining public support; liaison with welfare and cor- rection agencies and with the schools, the police and the press.

    Delinquency Dispositions (if time permits). Methods of rehabilitation; the use of proba- tion, disciplinary controls and group work.

    Social Events

    ily activities are planned for a Minnesota is a vacationers delight in June. Fam-

    -Bus trip through the Mississippi River valley -Excursion on Lake Minnetonka to the Lafay-

    ette Club where the judges will join the group for cocktails and dinner

    -Tour of the West Publishing Company where law books are made

    -Tour of Betty Crocker kitchens -Visit to a widely known commercial pottery

    Optional trips include the famous Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minnehaha Falls, old Fort Snelling and tours of art galleries, museums and childrens facili- ties. Short trips by foot or car around Minneapolis lakes will make a pleasant complement to an evening a t one of the many fine restaurants.

    Reservations for the convention can be made through Convention Chairman, Judge Lindsay Arthur, Room 28, Court House, Minneapolis, Min- nesota 55415.


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