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  • Take New Clients With a Psychological Grain of Salt 

    Reiter, Elisa M.; Pollack, Daniel (Divorce Marketing Group, 2022-01-21)
    Attorneys must be zealous advocates, but that does not mean accepting every word our clients say. Keep that psychological grain of salt handy – and warn clients that they may sometimes be affronted by our questions and skepticism.
  • The No Surprises Act: Practical implications for health and mental health professionals 

    Pollack, Daniel; Reiter, Elisa M. (ALM Media Properties, 2022-01-24)
    The No Surprises Act dictates that the arbiter chooses the offer closest to the median in network rate, unless there is additional information that shows that the in-network rate is inappropriate. Many provider groups — ...
  • Children in psychiatric residential treatment facilities looking to courts to keep them in their communities 

    Reiter, Elisa; Pollack, Daniel (American Bar Association, 2022-01-18)
    In a recent case, class action plaintiffs alleged that the commissioner of the Alabama Department of Human Resources engaged in discriminatory practices in psychiatric residential treatment facilities.
  • State courts are refining the concept of ‘psychological parent’ 

    Reiter, Elisa M.; Pollack, Daniel (ALM, 2022-01-05)
    One out of three marriages in the United States are likely to include blended families, as in In Re C.J.C. Are legislatures being short-sighted or are they being puritanical? The best interests of children remain of primary ...
  • Juvenile sex offender registration: Applying the ‘learned treatise’ exception to the hearsay rule 

    Pollack, Daniel; Reiter, Elisa M. (ALM, 2022-01-10)
    What’s “fair” for a juvenile offender who is over the age of 14 and who may be required to register as a sexual offender? The juvenile court wields great power in such cases, and a juvenile offender may carry the onus of ...
  • Might decriminalizing sex work have unintended consequences on children? 

    Pollack, Daniel; Weiss, Helene M.; Mathieu, Amy (ALM, 2022-01)
    Whatever one’s opinion regarding legalizing prostitution might be, and however well-intentioned the two pieces of proposed legislation are, might they inadvertently force sex work further into the shadows and thereby expose ...
  • Pushing contempt in domestic violence cases 

    Kleinman, Toby; Pollack, Daniel (Yeshiva University Libraries. Yeshiva University., 2021-12-28)
    Attorneys should seek to have a good rapport with a judge except where it interferes with appropriate, zealous advocacy. It is better to have a judge’s respect for proper advocacy than to be thought of as “nice.”
  • Changing attorneys once divorce proceedings have started 

    Kleinman, Toby; Pollack, Daniel (ALM, 2021-12-22)
    There are times when clients change their attorney multiple times or the adversary attempts to use changes of attorney against the litigant in a negative or derogatory fashion. Why does this happen and what can be done?
  • The Importance of Gatekeeping in Social Services: A Legal and Policy Perspective 

    Bauer, Ian; Pollack, Daniel (ALM, 2021-12-17)
    Throughout their day, social workers face inflection points in the life of a case, and must make decisions with profound implications for the children, vulnerable adults, and families they serve. The upgrading of social ...
  • Could hiding income to avoid paying child support constitute child neglect? 

    Reiter, Elisa M.; Pollack, Daniel (ALM, 2021-12-15)
    Whether or not hiding income results in formal child neglect charges, parents need to support their children by providing them with financial support, or face the consequences.
  • Smoothing out legal co-parenting pitfalls during holidays 

    Reiter, Elisa M.; Pollack, Daniel (ALM, 2021-12-13)
    Your client, a divorced parent, is planning their first holiday season under new co-parenting arrangements. As an attorney, the single best piece of advice you can give your client is this: If the client anticipates a legal ...
  • Opining on Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home 

    Reiter, Elisa; Pollack, Daniel (ALM, 2021-12)
    When a nursing resident is alleged to have been sexually abused and a lawsuit follows, a key person for plaintiff attorneys to retain is a competent expert witness. Naturally, that person must be properly credentialed and ...
  • 10 Tips to Stop a Client in Denial from Derailing their Case 

    Pollack, Daniel; Reiter, Elisa (Divorce Marketing Group, 2021-12-13)
    When your family law client is denying the reality of their situation, use these strategies to help keep the process – and your client – on track.
  • Social Workers Are Paragons of True Grit 

    Markowitz, Marisa; Pollack, Daniel (Great Valley Publishing Company, 2021-12-07)
    There are scores of frontline social workers whose tenacity will never be appreciated, will not get made into a movie, will never get written up in a progress note. That’s true grit.
  • Is there a shortage of rural social workers? 

    Pollack, Daniel; Markowitz, Marisa (NRHA, 2021-11-15)
    Approximately 47 million adults 18 and older live in rural areas, along with 13.4 million children. A 2019 poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that one in every ...
  • Applying Federal Rules of Evidence to sexual abuse cases can be a nuanced undertaking 

    Pollack, Daniel; Reiter, Elisa (ALM Media Properties, 2021-11-23)
    Because sexual abuse may often involve only the two people who know what really happened, numerous legal issues will be at the heart of formal judicial proceedings. Credibility and clarity are paramount. Society, the ...
  • Interviewing and deposing survivors of sexual crimes who have intellectual disabilities 

    Pollack, Daniel; Weiss, Helene M. (ALM Media Properties, 2021-11-29)
  • What attorneys need to know about crime against persons with disabilities 

    Pollack, Daniel; Goldman, Katheryn; Medved, Michaela (ALM Media Properties, 2021-11-12)
    In comparison to the general population, individuals with disabilities are at greater risk of abuse and tend to be abused more frequently and for longer periods of time. By presenting alarming data, attorneys can assist ...
  • How child sexual abuse survivors can inadvertently get victimized twice. 

    Pollack, Daniel; Monahan, Daniel F. (ALM, 2021-11-10)
    Child sexual abuse survivors can sometimes get victimized twice. First, they get abused. The second time may be by their own parent(s). By focusing more on a civil lawsuit to collect a sizable settlement or jury award ...
  • Reunification therapy: What's a court and a therapist to do? 

    Pollack, Daniel; Reiter, Elisa (ALM, 2021-11-04)
    When parents separate or divorce, harsh feelings are sometimes part of the process. Sadly, those negative emotions can impact their children. While it has sometimes been referred to as parental alienation, it is common ...

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