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Blog Posts by Katherine Kirk

Study of Brooklyn Family Court Underway to Improve Service to Self-Represented Litigants

Katherine Kirk
This summer, the Brooklyn Family Court Child Support Study hopes to improve the quality of legal assistance to self-represented litigants in child custody proceedings. Observers will track whether magistrates explain to self-represented litigants the reason for the hearings, explain the courtroom proceedings, and/or...

UK Teenagers Aim to Create Support Website for Children of Separating Parents

Katherine Kirk
A group of twenty teenagers in the United Kingdom who have been affected by separation or divorce are banding together to create a service that will help teens cope with divorce. The website will provide mentoring and support to children between the ages of twelve and sixteen who are experiencing difficulty due to...

High Rate of Judicial Vacancies in Federal District Court Negatively Impacts System

Katherine Kirk
A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice highlights the unprecedented number of judicial vacancies in federal district courts across the United States. Approximately ten percent of federal trial court seats are currently vacant. These vacancies, largely the result of drawn-out nomination and confirmation...

Denver Law to Initiate Experiential Advantage Curriculum in Fall 2013

Katherine Kirk
This fall, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers consortium school, plans to implement its new Experiential Advantage Curriculum, a program that will focus on placing students in real or simulated practice settings. Using clinics, externships, semester-in-practice opportunities...

New Lawyers Getting Much Needed Experience through Volunteer Legal Services

Katherine Kirk
Mo Weiland, a recent graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an Educating Tomrrow’s Lawyers consortium school, recalls her first volunteer case as both unexpectedly challenging and very informative for her developing career. Weiland sees such volunteer opportunities as a way to get more experience...

Iowa Court Rules that Same-Sex Parents' Names Both Be on Child's Birth Certificate

Katherine Kirk
Following its 2009 decision in Varnum v. Brien overturning the state ban on same-sex marriage, the Iowa Supreme Court recently held that the state must allow same-sex couples to have both their names listed on the birth certificate of their newborn child. Justice David Wiggins reasoned that same-sex couples “enjoy the...

Establishing a Framework for College Savings During the Divorce Process

Katherine Kirk
According to U.S. News, separating spouses should plan for the future education of their children together and, in the process, pay special attention to funds saved prior to the divorce settlement and the shape that funding such accounts will take into the future. The article highlights several options for doing so...