Taking Hold of the Elephant in Child Dependency and Neglect Cases

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Christina A. Zawisza

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

For the most part, the traditional law school curriculum leads students to examine clients’ problems too narrowly and individualistically. It does not typically equip students with analytical tools to "elucidate the Elephant" in the mode of John Godfrey Saxe The Blind Men and the Elephant paradigm. This article explores the reasons for this narrow approach. In contrast, it further addresses three movements in legal education that help to expand students’ viewpoints: interdisciplinary law; creative problem-solving, and therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ). It offers two more approaches for expanding the horizons of students interested in child welfare and juvenile: the genogram and the ecomap, tools frequently used in other helping professions. Through a hypothetical Rolle family, the article illustrates concrete uses of the genogram and the ecomap in the context of a child advocacy clinic. Charts and diagrams are provided.

Suggested Citation

Zawisza, Christina A., Taking Hold of the Elephant in Child Dependency and Neglect Cases (2005). St. Thomas Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 532, 2005, University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 74, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1709579

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