Ross, Catherine J.

GW Law Faculty Publications

February 22, 2021

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(With Douglas E. Abrams, Naomi R. Cahn, & David D. Meyer.) Contemporary Family Law. 5th ed.  St. Paul: Thomson West, 2019.
     Includes Teachers' Manual.     
     First edition published in 2006.
     Second edition published in 2009.
     Third edition published in 2012.
     Fourth edition published in 2016. 

Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. 

America's Children at Risk: An Agenda for Legal Action. (Report of the ABA Working Groups on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children and their Families). Chicago: American Bar Association Press, 1993. 

(co-editor with Gerbner, George and Edward Zigler). Child Abuse: An Agenda for Action. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980. 



Campus Discourse and Democracy: Free Speech Principles Provide Sound Guidance Even After the Tumult of 2017, 20 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 787 (2018).

Incredible Lies, 89 U. Colo. L. Rev. 377 (2018).

Ministry of Truth: Why Law Can’t Stop Prevarications, Bullshit, and Straight-Out Lies in Political Campaigns, 16 First Amend. L. Rev. 367 (2018),

Assaultive Words and Constitutional Norms, 66 J. Legal Educ. 739 (2017).

“Bitch,” Go Directly to Jail:  Student Speech and Entry into the School-Prison Pipeline, 88 Temp. L. Rev. 717 (2016).

"Fundamentalist Challenges to Core Democratic Values: Exit and Homeschooling," 18 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 991-1014 (2010)

"A Stable Paradigm: Revisiting Capacity, Vulnerability and the Rights Claims of Adolescents after Roper v. Simmons," in Law, Mind and Brain, p. 183-198. Edited by Michael Freeman and Oliver R. Goodenough. Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2009.

"Accommodating Children's Religious Expression in Public Schools: A Comparative Analysis of the Veil and Other Symbols in Western Democracies," in What Is Right for Children: The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights, p. 283-310. Edited by Martha Albertson Fineman and Karen Worthington. Farnham : Ashgate, 2009.

"Foster and Kinship Care: Legal and Public-Policy Perspectives," in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Edited by Richard A. Shweder, et. al. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.

(With Cahn, Naomi.) "Parens Patriae," in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Edited by Richard Shweder, et. al. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.

"Perennial Outsiders: The Educational Experience of Turkish Youth in Germany," (Conference: Turkey: At the Crossroads of Secular West and Traditional East) 24 American University International Law Review 685-710 (2009).

"Legal Constraints on Child-Saving: The Strange Case of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints at Yearning for Zion Ranch: Wells Conference on Adoption Law," 37 Capitol University Law Review 361-410 (2008)

""Foster Children Awaiting Adoption Under the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997,"" 9 Adoption Quarterly 121-131 (2006).

"A Place at the Table: Creating Presence and Voice for Teenagers in Dependency Proceedings." 6 Nevada Law Journal 1362-1373 (2006).

"Choosing a Text for the Family Law Curriculum of the Twenty-First Century." 44 Family Court Review 584-589 (2006).

"Constitutional Obstacles to Regulating Violence in the Media." in Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence 291-310, edited by Nancy Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer, & Robin Fretwell Wilson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006.

"A Delicate Task: Balancing the Rights of Children and Mothers in Parental Termination Proceedings." in 33 Studies in Law, Politics and Society, edited by Austin Sarat & Patricia Ewick. London: Elsevier Press, 2004.

"Society's Children: The Care of Indigent Youngsters in New York City, 1875-1903." in Families by Law: An Adoption Reader 11-18 , edited by Naomi R. Cahn & Joan Hollinger. New York: New York University Press, 2004.

"The Tyranny of Time: Vulnerable Children, 'Bad' Mothers, and Statutory Deadlines in Parental Termination Proceedings." 11 Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law 176-228 (2004).

"Implementing Constitutional Rights for Juveniles: The Parent-Child Privilege in Context." 14 Stanford Law and Policy Review 85-120 (2003).

"Including Lawyers in the Mix: The Role of Law, Lawyers, and Legal Training in Child Advocacy." in 4 Handbook of Applied Developmental Science: Promoting Positive Child, Adolescent, and Family Development through Research, Policies, and Programs 353-370, edited by Richard M. Lerner, Francine Jacobs & Donald Wertlieb. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003.

"The Parent-Child Privilege in Context." 21 QLR 1139-1143 (2003).

"Anything Goes: Examining the State's Interest in Protecting Children from Controversial Speech." 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 427-524 (2000).

(with Adreienne Davis, Marion Crain, Bonnie Thornton Dill, Nancy Dowd, and Joan Williams). "Panel Two: Who's Minding the Baby?" 49 American University Law Review 901-942 (2002).

"An Emerging Right for Mature Minors to Receive Information." 2 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 223-275 (1999).

"Families without Paradigms: Child Poverty and Out-of-Home Placement in Historical Perspective." 60 Ohio State Law Journal 1249-1293 (1999).

(with Cahn, Naomi). "Subsidy for Caretaking in Families: Lessons from Foster Care." 8 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law 55-71 (1999).

"Unified Family Courts: Good Sense, Good Justice." 35 Trial 30 (January 1999).

"The Failure of Fragmentation: The Promise of a System of Unified Family Courts." 32 Family Law Quarterly 3-30 (1998).

"Sex, Violence, Children and the Media: Legal, Historical and Empirical Perspectives. Transcript of Comments at AALS Annual Meeting. Mass Communications Program." Commonlaw Conspectus (January 6, 1997).

"From Vulnerability to Voice: Appointing Counsel for Children in Civil Litigation." 64 Fordham Law Review 1571-1620 (1996).

(with Emmons, Elizabeth F., Nancy W. Hall and Edward F. Zigler). "Preventing Juvenile Delinquency: An Ecological, Developmental Approach." in Children, Families and Government: Preparing for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Edward F. Zigler, Sharon Lynn Kagan and Nancy W. Hall. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

"Disposition in a Discretionary Regime: Punishment and Rehabilitation in the Juvenile Justice System." (Symposium - Struggling for a Future: Juvenile Violence, Juvenile Justice). 36 Boston College Law Review 1037-1059 (1995).

(with Haynes, Margaret Campbell). "Negotiating the Child Support Collection Maze." 30 Trial 47 (February 1994).

"Advocacy Movements in the Century of the Child." in Children, Families and Government: Perspective on American Social Policy, edited by Edward Zigler, Sharon Lynn Kagan and Edward Klugman. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

"Of Children and Liberty: An Historian's View." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Special issue on children's rights). (July 1982).

(with Zigler, Edward). "An Agenda for Action." in Child Abuse: An Agenda for Action, edited by George Gerbner, Catherine J. Ross, and Edward Zigler. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

"The Lessons of the Past: Defining and Controlling Child Abuse in the United States." in Child Abuse: An Agenda for Action, edited by George Gerbner, Catherine J. Ross, and Edward Zigler. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980

(with Aber, L., et al.). "Conference Recommendations on Child Abuse, November 20-21, 1978, Philadelphia, PA." Abridged version reprinted in Child Abuse in the International Year of the Child, edited by Leslie Taylor and Eli H. Newberger. New York: United Nations Secretariat Discussion Paper Series, 1979.
     Available in English, French and Spanish.

"Early Skirmishes with Poverty: The Historical Roots of Head Start." in Project Head Start: A Legacy of the War on Poverty, edited by Edward Zigler and Jeanette Valentine. New York: The Free Press, 1979.

(with Valentine, Jeanette and Edward Zigler). "Epilogue." in Project Head Start: A Legacy of the War on Poverty, edited by Edward Zigler and Jeanette Valentine. New York: The Free Press, 1979.

(with Weitzman, L. and D. Eifler). "Sex Role Socialization in Picture Books for Pre-School Children." American Journal of Sociology (May 1972).
     Reprinted in Marriage and Family: A Critical Analysis and Proposals for Change, edited by Carolyn C. Perrucci and Dena B. Targ. New York: David McKay Co., 1974.



Taming the Wild West: Online Excesses, Reactions and Overreactions, 51 Tulsa L. Rev. 267 (2016).

Book Review, 42 Contemp. Soc. 273 (2013) (reviewing Markella B. Rutherford, Adult Supervision Required: Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children (2011)).



(With Ron Chernow et al.)  ‘This Acquittal Sends Three Dangerous Messages to Future President,’ Politico (Feb. 13, 2021, 4:54 PM),

What the First Amendment Really Says About Whether Trump Incited the Capitol Riot, Slate (Jan. 19, 2021, 3:26 PM),

College Is Too Late to Teach Free Speech, Chron. Higher Educ., Feb. 17, 2017, at B4.

Address Before the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Publishers (Mar. 1, 2016),

Common Sense about the Chilling of Campus Speech, Cato Unbound (Jan. 14, 2016),

Opinion, Strangling the Free MindUSA Today (Jan. 4, 2016, 6:01PM),

Opinion, A Video Victory for Free Speech, Wash. Post, June 28, 2011, at A15.
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