Every United Nations member nation—with the exception of Somalia and the United Statesx—has agreed to be bound by the 1990 U.N. Convention on the Rights of Children. Albany Law hosted a forum to compare N.Y. state law with the values articulated in the U.N. resolution. Students led the morning discussion dissecting several of the 54 Articles, ranging from issues of abuse, adoption, healthcare, juvenile justice and education. Discussion moved outside typical boundaries, even questioning whether the age of 18 was the best time to end a person's minority status. Led by Albany Law Professor Maria Grahn-Farley and co-sponsored by the N.Y. State Division of Criminal Justice Services, notable guests included Gladys Carrion, commissioner of the N.Y. State Office of Children and Family Services, Albany County Family Court Judge Margaret T. Walsh, and Kathryn Grant Madigan ‘78, former president of the N.Y. State Bar Association.
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