Memorandum of Law: Court Appointed Special Advocates

Kevin Whalling, Chief Counsel for the Whalling Law Group, PLLC as part of his pro bono work was recently assigned to assist an eleven-year-old girl named Rachel Deckard. Ms. Deckard has been subject to physical and mental abuse by family members. Reviewing Ms. Deckard’s files, Mr. Whalling can easily assess that the court appointed special advocates representing Ms. Deckard have all been poorly equipped to handle Ms. Deckard’s case and have been poor advocates. Mr. Whalling intends to present draft legislation proposals to the Arizona legislative judiciary committee to professionalize through licensure court appointed special advocates.

Mr. Whalling knows that this is a novel subject for the judiciary committee and therefore he needs to mount a persuasive argument concerning the issue of whether court appointed special advocates should be subject to licensure requirements. He also needs to make sure that this action is worth pursuing.

Mr. Whalling has asked you to prepare a Memorandum of Law about court appointed special advocates.

Remember that this is an internal memorandum for Mr. Whalling; while his job is to potentially attempt to persuade the judiciary committee, you can provide an objective analysis concerning court appointed special advocates.

Use the “Topic 4 Memorandum of Law” template to write a memorandum of 500 to 750 words. Follow the prompts within brackets in the template to complete the assignment.

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