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Nutter and Children’s Rights file class action in federal court seeking broad reform of child welfare system in Massachusetts

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04.15.2010

In a significant pro bono case for the firm, Nutter joined the national advocacy group Children’s Rights in filing a class action in federal court today seeking broad reform of the Massachusetts child welfare system on behalf of 8,500 abused and neglected children statewide.
 
The suit (known as Connor B. v. Patrick) names as plaintiffs to represent the class six children who have been harmed in Massachusetts foster care and charges the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) with violating the constitutional rights of children by routinely placing them in dangerous and unstable situations once removed from their parents’ care and failing to take necessary actions to meet the legal and moral obligation of the state-run child welfare system to ensure the safety and well-being of children in its custody. 
  
Mary Ryan, a member of the firm’s Litigation practice, is the lead attorney on the case. Since the early 1900s, Nutter has represented pro bono clients across a wide spectrum of the law including in areas of civil rights, immigration, housing, health care, criminal defense, unemployment, business, intellectual property, real estate and probate work, involving both litigation and transactional matters. For more information on the firm’s pro bono program, please click here.

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