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E.T. v. Cantil-Sakauye Voices for America's Children, Et Al, In Support Petition Rehearing 2011

E.T. v. Cantil-Sakauye Voices for America's Children, Et Al, In Support Petition Rehearing 2011

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E.T. v. Cantil-Sakauye
Amici Curiae Brief of Voices for America’s Children, National Association of Counsel for Children, Juvenile Law Society, First Star and Associate Professor Daniel L. Hatcher in Support of Petition for Rehearing.
Oct 7, 2011
E.T. v. Cantil-Sakauye
Amici Curiae Brief of Voices for America’s Children, National Association of Counsel for Children, Juvenile Law Society, First Star and Associate Professor Daniel L. Hatcher in Support of Petition for Rehearing.
Oct 7, 2011

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 Appeal No. 10-15248
IN THEUNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUITE.T.;
 
K.R.;
 
C.B.;
 
G.S.;
 
F
RANK
D
OUGHERTY
,
ON
B
EHALF OF
E.T., K.R., C.B. and G.S.,
Plaintiffs-Appellants,
vs.
T
ANI
C
ANTIL
-S
AKAUYE
,
 
J
UDGE
,
 
C
HAIR OF THE
J
UDICIAL
C
OUNCIL OF
C
ALIFORNIA
,
IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY
;
 
W
ILLIAM
C.
 
V
ICKREY
,
 
A
DMINISTRATIVE
D
IRECTOR OF THE
A
DMINISTRATIVE
O
FFICE OF THE
C
OURT OFTHE
J
UDICIAL
C
OUNCIL
,
IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY
;
 
S
TEVEN
W.
 
W
HITE
,
 
P
RESIDING
J
UDGE OF THE
S
UPERIOR
C
OURT OF THE
C
OUNTY OF
S
ACRAMENTO
,
 IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY
,
 Defendants-Appellees.
On Appeal From the United States District Courtfor the Eastern District of CaliforniaHon. Frank C. Damrell, Jr.Case No.
2:09-cv-01950-FCD-DAD
 
Brief for
 Amici Curiae
Voices for America’s Children, NationalAssociation of Counsel for Children, Juvenile Law Society, First Starand Associate Professor Daniel L. Hatcher in Support of Appellants’Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc
Christopher J. Rillo, Bar No. 112009C. Craig Bridwell, Bar No. 246124Schiff Hardin LLPOne Market, Spear Street TowerThirty-Second FloorSan Francisco, CA 94105Telephone: (415) 901-8700Facsimile: (415) 901-8701Attorneys for
 Amici Curiae
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPAGE
- i -
I. STATEMENT OF INTERESTS....................................................................1A First Star...............................................................................................1B Voices for America’s Children............................................................2C National Association of Counsel for Children.....................................2D Juvenile Law Society...........................................................................3E. Associate Professor Daniel L. Hatcher (University of Baltimore).............................................................................................4II. ARGUMENT..................................................................................................5A. The Distinctive Nature of Child Protection DependencyProceedings Makes a Federal Forum Addressing EgregiousCaseload Policies Critical ....................................................................5B. The Impact on Foster Children.............................................................9III. CONCLUSION.............................................................................................10
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIESPAGE
- ii -
 
CASES
 
Cf.
,
Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., Inc.
,129 S.Ct. 2252 (2009)........................................................................................12
 E.T.
 
v. Cantil-Sakauye
,No. 10-15248, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18867(9
th
Cir. Sept. 13, 2011)..............................................................................1, 4, 13
Gibson v. Berryhill
,411 U.S. 564 (1973)...........................................................................................12
 In re Gault 
,387 U.S. 1 (1967).................................................................................................3
Kugler v. Helfant 
,421 U.S. 117 (1975)...........................................................................................12
 New Orleans Pub. Serv. Inc. v. New Orleans
,491 U.S. 350 (1989)...........................................................................................13
O’Shea v. Littleton
,414 U.S. 488 (1974)...................................................................................4, 5, 14
Younger v. Harris
,401 U.S. 37 (1971).....................................................................................4, 5, 14
 
STATUTES
 Cal. R. Ct. 5.670........................................................................................................6Cal. R. Ct. 5.695(a)...................................................................................................8C
AL
.
 
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ELF
.
 
&
 
I
NST
.
 
C
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§ 300.2......................................................................5, 12C
AL
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C
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§ 315...............................................................................6C
AL
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C
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§ 317(c)......................................................................5, 6C
AL
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ELF
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C
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§ 317(e)..........................................................................6C
AL
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C
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§ 317.5(b).......................................................................5C
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C
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§ 366.21(e).................................................................8, 9C
AL
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W
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.
 
&
 
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C
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§ 366.26..........................................................................9
OTHER AUTHORITIES
 Barbara Flicker,
 Best Practices in Child Protection Courts
, AmericanBar Association, p. 13 (2005)..............................................................................6Cal. Admin. Office of the Courts, California Juvenile DependencyCourt Improvement Program Reassessment (2005), p. 2-4...............................8
Collateral Children: Consequence and Illegality at the Intersection of Foster Care and Child Support 
, 74 B
ROOKLYN
L.
 
R
EV
. 1333 (2009..................4Erik Pitchal,
Children’s Constitutional Right to Counsel in Dependency Cases
, 15 T
EMP
.
 
P
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.
 
&
 
C
IV
.
 
R
TS
.
 
L.
 
R
EV
. 663, 684(2006).................................................................................................................11
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