Can parents give cigarettes to their teenage
kids? Are parents liable if they host a party and one of the young
guests gets drunk and wreaks some kind of havoc? Is it illegal for a
kid to belong to a street gang? Do you need a license to ride a
bicycle on city streets?
The answers to these and many other questions may
be found in the revised version of the State Bar's popular Kids and
the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents, which can be found as a second
section of this issue of the California Bar Journal.
"Kids and the Law is an invaluable tool as well
as being great PR for the State Bar," says Maria Villa of Los
Angeles, chair of the bar's board of governors member relations and
communications committee. "The guide offers very good nuts-and-bolts
legal information for parents, children and teachers alike," she
added, noting that her sister is a teacher in California.
Published in conjunction with Law Day activities
around the state this month, the 2001 version of Kids and the Law is
supported by a $34,000 grant from the Foundation of the State Bar. The
guide has been updated by State Bar attorneys to reflect changes in
laws which affect young people and how parents deal with many problems
they encounter in raising children.
"The foundation is particularly pleased to
provide a grant for the update and republication of Kids and the
Law," said foundation President Pauline Gee, noting that the grant
was the largest approved by the foundation in 2000.
"I think its publication in the California Bar
Journal and the additional reprints to be distributed to schools via
local bar associations will have an important outreach effect,
providing information on multitudes of laws that affect the rights of
children, parents and teachers," said Gee, a deputy attorney general
additional $6,000 grant from the bar foundation helped pay to promote
and distribute Kids and the Law to
California schools in conjunction with Law Day. The bar also is
looking into the possibility of creating an