Academic journal article Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Letter from the Editor

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Dear Reader,

Civil liberties observers witnessed worldwide upheaval in 2011. Information leaks triggered criminal enforcement efforts at home; the information leaked ignited revolutions abroad. When protests reached our country in the form of Occupy Wall Street, our members wrote about the movement - its underpinnings, successes, challenges, and legal implications - in a series of posts available at our legal blog, tjclcr.blogspot.com. We discuss other topics at the blog, and invite you to join our dialogue. For other information, or to donate, visit our main website, txjclcr.org.

Our articles were selected for their usefulness both to practitioners and to legal academics. This issue begins with a comment by Marc Maurer about the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause as applied to persons with disabilities.

The first article, by Ella Callow, Kelly Buckland, and Shannon Jones, addresses an overlooked problem: some parents with disabilities lose custody of children based on their disabilities, not on the needs of the children. The article assembles lessons from advocacy efforts in several states and makes specific recommendations for model legislation, including provision-by-provision analysis. …

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