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Case Name Aristotle v. McDonald CW-IL-0006
Docket / Court 1:88-cv-07919 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Child Welfare
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Benefit Source
Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Classification / placement
Failure to train
Foster care (benefits, training)
Neglect by staff
Siblings (visitation, placement)
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (AACWA), 42 U.S.C. § 620 et seq.
Adoption Assistance Program, 42 U.S.C. § 670 et seq.
Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Defendant(s) Illinois
Plaintiff Description A class consisting of children in the custody or guardianship of DCFS, who are subjects of neglect, dependency or abuse petitions, have not been placed with their siblings in foster homes, and have been denied regular and reasonable visitation with their siblings.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1993 - 2017
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Legal Accountability in the Service-Based Welfare State: Lessons from Child Welfare Reform
By: Kathleen G. Noonan, Charles F. Sabel, William H. Simon (Center for High Impact Philanthropy , Columbia Law School and Stanford Law School)
Citation: 34 Law & Soc. Inquiry 523 (Summer 2009)
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  Making Child Welfare Work: How the R.C. Lawsuit Forged New Partnerships to Protect Children and Sustain Families
By: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (Bazelon Center)
Citation: (1998)
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1:88-cv-07919 (N.D. Ill.) 02/23/2015
CW-IL-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order 09/07/1989 (721 F.Supp. 1002) (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order 10/03/1989 (1989 WL 121210) (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Notice of Joint Motion 02/27/2004
CW-IL-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/10/2006 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order to Extend Consent Decree 03/24/2010 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion [to Extend Consent Decree] 03/08/2014
CW-IL-0006-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 05/16/2014 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Extending Consent Decree] 02/23/2015 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Norgle, Charles Ronald Sr. (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0001 | CW-IL-0006-0002 | CW-IL-0006-0008 | CW-IL-0006-9000
Williams, Ann Claire (Seventh Circuit, N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0006-0004 | CW-IL-0006-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Finley, Brian A. (Illinois)
Golbert, Charles P. (Illinois)
Grippando, Thomas J. (Illinois)
Harris, Robert F. (Illinois)
McGee, Michele Marie (Illinois)
CW-IL-0006-0007 | CW-IL-0006-9000
Murphy, Patrick Thomas (Illinois)
CW-IL-0006-0006 | CW-IL-0006-9000
Runk, Jill P. (Illinois)
CW-IL-0006-0003 | CW-IL-0006-9000
Schmiedel, Peter J. (Illinois)
Tannen, Catherine V. (Illinois)
Defendant's Lawyers Baer, Kimberley K. (Illinois)
CW-IL-0006-0006 | CW-IL-0006-9000
Conybeare, Barry R. (Illinois)
Gatzendanner, Susan (Illinois)
Greenspan, Barbara Lynn (Illinois)
CW-IL-0006-0003 | CW-IL-0006-9000
Hall-Walker, Nancy K. (Illinois)
Steimel, Danielle J. (Illinois)
Tchen, Christina M. (Illinois)
CW-IL-0006-0006 | CW-IL-0006-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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