Journal of Law and Policy


Joshua Michtom


In this Essay, a public defender specializing in parent defense argues that the family regulation system is fundamentally unfair to parents, and that this unfairness is perpetuated by closed courtrooms and a lack of public understanding. He calls on lawyers who represent parents in these proceedings to make the practice of public storytelling integral to their work, by reporting the injustices that happen in family regulation courts to a broader audience, and helping clients tell their own stories publicly when they want to. He argues that only when the workings of this system are broadly exposed can policy change and accountability occur.