Standing in Babylon, Looking Toward Zion

18 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2012

Date Written: January 1, 2006


The UNLV Conference on Representing Children in Families convened an impressive group of academics, policymakers, practitioners, and participants in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems to consider how to move beyond recommendations made ten years earlier about how lawyers for children should approach their work. This essay examines the interrelationship between idealism and realism in the definition of lawyers’ roles as representatives of children and the importance of idealized visions to the process of reforming dysfunctional systems, using examples of child welfare and juvenile justice system reform.

Keywords: UNLV, child welfare, juvenile, families, youth, expressed wishes, best wishes, holistic, multidisciplinary, multi-systemic, culturally sensitive, community-based, lawyering model, idealism, ethics

JEL Classification: J12, J13, K00, K40

Suggested Citation

Kruse, Kate, Standing in Babylon, Looking Toward Zion (January 1, 2006). Nevada Law Review, Vol. 6, p. 1323, 2006, Available at SSRN:

Kate Kruse (Contact Author)

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

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