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2/23/2006 4:01:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose Disrupting Parent-Child Relationships

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 23, 2006

Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose Disrupting Parent-Child Relationships

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Two bills have been filed, Senate Bill 664 and House Bill 700, which
could give strangers the right to speak on behalf of your children.

Ordinarily, parents have the right to speak on behalf of their
children. Only in unusual situations, such as disputes over custody,
visitation and child support, can a judge appoint a lawyer to
represent the child.

These two bills, however, dangerously expand the power of judges by
giving them authority to appoint a lawyer for a child in any
situation, as long as the judge is "concerned about the welfare" of a
child. The bills do not define "concerned" or give any objective
standards. They leave the door open for judges to interpret it as
they please, with unpredictable consequences.

Another major problem is that these lawyers will be exempt from
malpractice and parents will be forced to pay their fees.


If either of your delegates or your senator is listed below, please
call them and ask them to oppose these bills. For your delegate, your
message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose House Bill 700. The bill allows judges to interfere
with families by appointing lawyers for children from healthy, intact
families in virtually any situation, excuses those lawyers from
malpractice, and forces the parents to pay the bill. "

For your senator, your message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 664. The bill allows judges to interfere
with families by appointing lawyers for children from healthy, intact
families in virtually any situation, excuses those lawyers from
malpractice, and forces the parents to pay the bill. "

Contact Information:

Use our legislative toolbox at to
determine which of the senators and delegates below is yours.


Chairman: Brian E. Frosh - 301-858-3124
Vice Chairman: Leo E. Green - 301-858-3631
Jennie M. Forehand - 301-858-3134
Nancy Jacobs - 410-841-3158
Rob Garagiola - 301-858-3169
Philip C. Jimeno - 410-841-3658
John A. Giannetti, Jr. - 410-841-3141 or 301-858-3141
Alexander X. Mooney - 301-858-3575
Larry E. Haines - 410-841-3683
Norman R. Stone, Jr. - 410-841-3587
Ralph M. Hughes - 410-841-3656


Chairman: Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. - 301-858-3488 or 410-841-3488
Vice Chairman: Samuel I. Rosenberg - 410-841-3297
Curt Anderson - 410-841-3291
Susan K. McComas - 410-841-3289
Anthony G. Brown - 301-858-3707
Herb McMillan - 410-841-3439
Jill P. Carter - 410-841-3283
Pauline H. Menes - 301-858-3114
Kathleen M. Dumais - 301-858-3052
Carol S. Petzold - 301-858-3001
Donald H. Dwyer, Jr. - 410-841-3047
Neil F. Quinter - 410-841-3246
Ana Sol Gutierrez - 301-858-3181
Christopher B. Shank - 301-858-3447
Darryl A. Kelley - 301-858-3212
Tanya T. Shewell - 410-841-3371 or 301-858-3371
Kevin Kelly - 301-858-3404
Luiz R. S. Simmons - 301-858-3037
Susan C. Lee - 301-858-3019
Michael D. Smigiel, Sr. - 410-841-3555
Wm. Daniel Mayer - 410-841-3247
Theodore Sophocleus - 410-841-3372
Bobby A. Zirkin - 410-841-3342


When an adult has a lawyer, the lawyer is ethically obligated to do
and say what the client wants. But when a court appoints a lawyer for
a child, the lawyer can say anything he wants and completely disregard
the wishes of the child. Court-appointed child attorneys are
sometimes hostile to parents and pursue their own agendas of "child
liberation." Since the lawyer does not have a client there is no
check to their behavior.

The language of the bill is not completely clear, however. While some
could read it to mean judges only have this new power if there is
already a legal action, it could easily be read to give judges this
power even if there is no legal action pending.

These bills authorize a breathtaking judicial intrusion into ordinary
families--even if their wording is interpreted in the more restrictive

Both bills have already received hearings, but neither committee has
voted yet.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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