California Lawyer Reports on Professor Fellmeth's Efforts "Ensuring Child Protection Law Meets Promise"

Price Professor of Public Interest Law Robert Fellmeth

San Diego (March 3, 2014) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Price Professor of Public Interest Law and Children's Advocacy Institute Executive Director Robert Fellmeth was featured in a California Lawyer article discussing his role in a court challenge of the California Department of Social Services (DSS) disclosure rules in the event of a child's death.

Under the law, the record of any child's death from neglect or abuse is public information, but the DSS limited the mandatory reporting to deaths that occur at the hand of a parent. 

"We want it disclosed when a child dies of abuse and neglect no matter what," says Fellmeth. "We want whoever did it. The way the rules were then, if mom's boyfriend kills the child, it doesn't have to be disclosed."

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About Robert Fellmeth

Robert Fellmeth is the Price Professor of Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of children's rights, regulation, antitrust, and consumer law. Professor Fellmeth is also the executive director of both USD’s Center for Public Interest Law and Children's Advocacy Institute.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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