Parental Rights and Strict Scrutiny with Hugh Phillips

This week, we talk with Hugh Phillips, a constitutional litigator at Liberty Counsel. Hugh has also served as a judicial law clerk for the Supreme Court of Alabama and he’s the author of a law review article entitled “Liberating Liberty: How the Glucksberg Test Can Solve the Supreme Court’s Confusing Jurisprudence on Parental Rights”. Hugh discusses his law review article and explains a path forward to consistently applying the strict scrutiny test to parental rights issues in our nation’s courts.

Election Day, with Will Estrada and Michael Ramey

This week, we feature a special discussion between Parental Rights Foundation president Will Estrada and executive director Michael Ramey about how important it is to go out and vote today for candidates that support parental rights.

A Pediatrician’s Perspective on Parental Rights, with Dr. Rodger Sayre

This week, we talk with Dr. Rodger Sayre. Rodger is a pediatrician and family doctor with over forty years of experience in the medical field, and he’s also a Parental Rights Foundation board member. He gives us expert advice on raising healthy children and explains how to interact with the medical community as a parent while ensuring that your parental rights are respected. He also explains how to respond to false claims of medical abuse or neglect.

A History of Parental Rights, with Stephen Krason

This week, we talk with Stephen Krason, Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Parental Rights Foundation board member. Stephen tells us about the historical background of parental rights, and why we have the parental rights laws that we have today. He also explains the legal underpinnings of our federal parental rights law, including key Supreme Court decisions.

Family is Fundamental, with Melissa Moschella

This week, we talk with Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, where her teaching focuses on bioethics and the moral and political status of the family. Melissa is also the author of To Whom Do Children Belong? Parental Rights, Civic Education, and Children’s Autonomy. Melissa discusses why parental rights are critical to society as a whole, and why the family is the most important, basic building block of society. She also tells us about why school choice is important for parental rights and to protect children.

A Jewish Perspective on Parental Rights, with Rabbi Yaakov Menken

This week, we talk with Rabbi Yaakov Menken, the founding Managing Director of Coalition for Jewish Values, the largest Rabbinic public policy coalition in the world. Rabbi Menken tells us the Orthodox Jewish perspective on parental rights and why it is so important to pass our culture and traditions on to our children. Plus, Rabbi Menken tells us about the history of Jewish education and shares his perspective on some current events.

Maryanne Godboldo’s Story, with Allison Folmar

In 2011, Detroit-area parent Maryanne Godboldo found herself in a standoff with social workers, police, and even a SWAT team threatening the removal of her daughter – all because Maryanne refused to give her daughter a dangerous, mind-altering psychiatric drug. This week, we talk with civil attorney Allison Folmar, who represented Maryanne in this nationally-publicized case. Allison has represented many parents caught up in the child welfare system, and she’s a member of the Parental Rights Foundation board. In this episode, Allison tells us about Maryanne’s case from the inside, including how she successfully fought to change Michigan state law. You can learn more about Allison and her work on her website.

In Defense of Yeshiva Schools, with Jason Bedrick

The New York Times ran an article entitled “In Hasidic Enclaves, Failing Private Schools Flush With Public Money”, attacking the Yeshivas (religious schools) of New York’s Hasidic Jews. But what’s the real story? This week, we talk with Jason Bedrick, a former member of the New Hampshire state legislature, and now a Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Jason explains the tradition of Yeshivas; some teach secular subjects in addition to religious texts, while some schools focus solely on religious instruction. And he tells us the other side of this story – the perspective of Hasidic Jews in New York who want to give their children an education in their religion and history.

Why Due Process Matters, with Frank Garrison

This week, we talk with Frank Garrison, an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, which fights to protect civil rights, private property rights, and to uphold the constitutional separation of powers. Frank is representing a mother in Arizona who has been falsely accused of child neglect and has found her name on the state child abuse registry without due process. In this episode, Frank tells how his case is challenging the constitutionality of putting parents on a state child abuse registry without due process, and how he’s fighting to give this mother a fair trial with a jury.

Are State Child Abuse Registries Unconstitutional? with Timothy Sandefur

In Arizona, one mom found her name on the state registry of child abusers, with many job and volunteer opportunities closed to her for the next 25 years, all because she let her child play in a safe neighborhood park with friends while she shopped for groceries. How does this happen to an innocent, loving parent? This week, we talk with Timothy Sandefur, Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Goldwater Institute. Timothy is representing this mom in a court case that challenges the constitutionality of Arizona’s child abuse registry.

Protecting Innocent Parents, with Jamie Gullen

This week, we talk with Jamie Gullen. Jamie is the Managing Attorney of the Employment Unit and Youth Justice Project at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. On August 10th, Community Legal Services filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania over Pennsylvania’s state child abuse registry. When child abuse investigations are opened, parents are automatically placed on the registry, regardless of whether they have actually been convicted of child abuse. Jamie is the lead attorney on the lawsuit, and today she explains how Pennsylvania’s child abuse registry violates due process for parents.

A History of Homeschooling, with Jim Mason

This week’s episode features an interview with Jim Mason, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Jim has represented homeschooling families in a wide range of challenging situations and has set precedents that have expanded freedom for the homeschool community. Today, he tells us about HSLDA’s work in protecting the right of parents to teach their children at home. Plus, learn about the future of the parental rights movement and why families choose to school their children at home.

Representing Parents in Family Court, with Kathleen Creamer

Welcome back to the EPPiC Broadcast! We’re kicking off our fifth season by talking with Kathleen Creamer, managing attorney of the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. Despite the life-altering consequences of CPS investigations, up to losing their children forever, many parents go to court completely unrepresented by any legal counsel. The system is particularly harsh on low-income families and families of color. Kathleen works to give high-quality legal aid to families caught up in child welfare investigations in Pennsylvania. Kathleen also breaks down how anonymous child abuse hotlines and central registries for child abusers, while ostensibly intended to protect children, often do more harm than good to innocent families. Plus, hear about a new bill in Pennsylvania that threatens parents with compulsory drug screenings based only on an anonymous hotline call.

Helping Your Children Grow, with John Rosemond

This week, we talk with John Rosemond, a parenting expert who has worked with families, children, and parents since 1971. His parenting advice column is published in over 225 newspapers across the country, and he’s the author of over 15 books on parenting. John is also a Parental Rights Foundation board member. In this episode, John sits down with Will Estrada to discuss good parenting techniques, current parental rights issues, and what parents can do to help their children grow into strong, independent adults.

Religious Liberty and Parental Rights, with Brad Dacus

This week, we talk with Brad Dacus, founding president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious liberties, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Brad served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and then received his juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. He went on to found the Pacific Justice Institute in 1997. Brad tells us about the work of the Pacific Justice Institute, and some of the most pivotal cases that he’s worked on.

Defending Families from CPS, with Jey Rajaraman

This week we talk with Jey Rajaraman, who served the last 15 years as chief counsel and supervising attorney at Legal Services of New Jersey’s Family Representation project. She has recently joined former Children’s Bureau chiefs Jerry Milner and David Kelly at Family Integrity & Justice Works. Jey tells us about her work in providing legal support to families before a removal into foster care is needed.