The Child Advocacy Program Writing Program is led by Professor Mary Welstead, CAP Fellow and Graduate Program Coordinator. It offers graduate students (JDs, LLMs, and SJDs), as well as CAP-affiliated Visiting Researchers and Scholars, a supportive learning community in which to share ideas and give and receive feedback on writing projects in progress.
CAP Writing Program participants meet informally on a regular basis throughout the fall semester (usually over lunch) to discuss their individual research and writing on topics broadly relevant to CAP. In the spring, if they choose to, participants may give semi-formal presentations of their working papers to an invited academic audience over lunch, followed by questions and discussion.
Previous Writing Program participants have found the experience valuable as preparation for making more formal presentations at national and international conferences.
Presentation topics from past years have included, among others:
- International adoption
- Children and domestic violence
- Universal drug testing for newborns
- Substance abuse in pregnant mothers
- Child trafficking for labor in Nigeria
- Street children of Brazil
- Prosecuting the recruitment of child soldiers
- Forced marriage
- Religious symbols in public schools and universities
- Female genital mutilation
- Children and online privacy