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This article will discuss my experience managing a legal organization representing children – the Juvenile Rights Division (JRD) that Schinitsky began thirty-eight years ago – by exploring the interactive role that organizational management plays in enhancing the quality of child client representation. Part I briefly examines two issues: the historic and systemic context of court-based practice within JRD and the way in which changes in child welfare law and policies since 1979 have affected the ability of lawyers to represent child clients through this court-based practice. Part II presents a model for restructuring organizational conventions and patterns in order to represent clients in a more effective and fulfilling way.

This article is part of a larger project on legal management in which I will address other organizational and employment issues. At points in the article I will identify some of those issues, but they are, for the most part, beyond the scope of this work.


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