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Welcome to the Children’s Law Section Website

The Children’s Law Section, established in 1989, was created to support and assist attorneys, jurists, and other legal professionals that practice in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, adoption and other related matters.

The Children's Law Section seeks to provide the juvenile legal community and others with the latest information and resources needed to help children and families. This website contains news about upcoming events and trainings. For members, the website offers the opportunity to participate in discussion groups with peers. There is also the ability to access section information, practice tools, and learn about opportunities for networking. The Children’s Law Section wants everyone to know about the many great things that the section is doing. We have confidence that you will find this website helpful. We also hope that you will participate in the many activities and events that our section sponsors. Thank you for visiting our website!

How the Section Can Benefit Your Law Practice

The Children’s Law Section provides opportunities for social networking; training; education and resource information; legislative and policy-making input; participation in Section discussion groups; website access; up-to-date materials on trends, practice tips, and news that legal professionals need to know by offering the Child Welfare Journal; and many more exciting benefits for both experienced and new juvenile attorneys.

The John H. McKaig II Scholarship Fund

The State Bar of Michigan Children’s Law Section (the “CLS”) established the “Jack H. McKaig, II” Endowed Scholarship Fund (the “Scholarship Fund”) to provide scholarships for Michigan law school students demonstrating an interest in practicing in the area of child protective proceedings and/or juvenile justice (collectively, “Child Welfare Law”). The Scholarship Fund has been named in honor and remembrance of John (Jack) H. McKaig, II, a long-standing, instrumental member of the CLS. The Scholarship Fund will be administered by the CLS Council who will select scholarship recipients in accordance with specific criteria. For questions or to apply, email Deborah Paruch at  SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 30, 2022. 

Your Input & Involvement is Important

We are eager to work with you and on your behalf. The Children’s Law Section welcomes your input for suggestions and ideas to improve the areas of juvenile practice. Please email the current chair, Lynn M. Perry, at with your comments or questions.
Chair Elect: Terina Carte can be contacted at
Secretary: Tiffany Burks can be contacted at 
Treasurer: Deborah Paruch can be contacted at

Upcoming Events

  Member-Only Content
  Section Events
  Section Library
  Section Roster


Full Council Meetings

  • Thurs., January 20, 2022
  • Thurs., March 17, 2022
  • Thurs., May 19, 2022
  • Thurs., July 21, 2022
  • ANNUAL MEETING Thurs., September 15, 2022
  • Thurs. November 17, 2022
  • All Meetings are held via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Zoom ID:  612 709 6199 All Members are welcome!

Legislative Committee Meetings

Meetings are Held Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the Month. Contact Suzann Stephan for meeting details.

Other Committee Meetings

  • To join another Committee please contact the Chairperson of that committee.
  • Amicus Committee Chairperson: Bill Ladd
  • Publications/Education Chairperson: Stephanie Cardenas
  • Membership/Social Chairperson: Erin House
  • Scholarship Committee Chairperson: Deborah Paruch

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