Fordham Law Review
A lawyer representing seven-year-old James discussed James' options with him at considerable length. She explained to him that he had a number of choices about where he would live, some with family, some in foster care, and she took pains to discuss the likely consequences of each of his choices. James participated actively in the conversation, and had no trouble following the substance of the discussion. At the end of their conversation, the lawyer asked James what option he would like her to pursue. His direction to counsel: "I think I'd like to live with you.
Emily Buss, "You're My What? -The Problem of Children's Misperceptions of Their Lawyers' Roles," 64 Fordham Law Review 1699 (1996).