HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., February 27, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Leslie A. Barry, Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, has joined Noticed©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Ms. Barry has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout her career.
Ms. Barry outshines others in her field due to her extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and career longevity. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Whittier Law School and is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by National Association of Counsel for Children. She also holds an M.F.A. Lighting Design from the University of California–Irvine and a B.A. in Theatre and Speech from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
With nearly 20 years dedicated to law, Ms. Barry brings a wealth of knowledge to her industry, and, in particular to her area of specialization, family law with a particular emphasis on child welfare. When asked why she decided to pursue a career in law, Ms. Barry said:The legislature has passed laws focused on assuring that dependent children are placed with relatives whenever possible and that children who are placed with relatives can remain so placed regardless of any other circumstances. However, the social services agencies are not complying with the statutory scheme and the juvenile courts are not taking the agencies to task for their failures. That's one of the biggest battles right now at the appellate level.
"My (now) husband hired an attorney to fight for custody of his children, who were under a legal guardianship. That attorney was very expensive and well known in our county but, in my opinion, he probably should not have taken the case. He did not appear to understand the applicable law and, instead of being an advocate, he pressured my husband into settling. I saw that and thought that I could do a better job."
In her 18 year career, Ms. Barry has been a member of all five panels that provide indigent defense on appeal in California. Today, working with four of those panels, she represents parents, children, relatives, and other interested parties throughout California in appeals related to child welfare matters as well as in appeals from orders in private actions to terminate parental rights.
As a thought-leader in her industry, Ms. Barry has her finger on the pulse of prevailing trends in child welfare law. Discussing one recent development, in particular, she notes:
"Over the last several years, there have been major changes to how relatives are supposed to be treated in child welfare cases. The legislature has passed laws focused on assuring that dependent children are placed with relatives whenever possible and that children who are placed with relatives can remain so placed regardless of any other circumstances. However, the social services agencies are not complying with the statutory scheme and the juvenile courts are not taking the agencies to task for their failures. That’s one of the biggest battles right now at the appellate level."
In 2001, Ms. Barry was awarded the Paul Bell Fellowship by Appellate Defenders Inc., recognizing her as a promising new appellate attorney. In May 2017, she was given the Gerald Z. Marer Award for Panel Excellence from the Sixth District Appellate Program, recognizing her excellence in appellate advocacy.
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