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“Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir, Three Bags Full: True Respect Isn’t a Facade”

On November 21, 2011 by Schnader

On November 21, 2011, The Legal Intelligencer published “Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir, Three Bags Full: True Respect Isn’t a Facade,” which was authored by Albert Momjian and Catherine McFadden, the co-chairs of Schnader’s Family Law Department.

The article reviewed several new family law appellate cases dealing with questions of child abuse in light of the controversy that developed when video of a Texas judge cursing at his screaming 16-year-old daughter and beating her with a belt went viral on the Internet. The article examined each case and the challenges in seeking to distinguish between child abuse and an acceptable level of discipline. Ultimately, the authors emphasized “[t]rue respect isn’t a facade, a pretence or use of an honorific. An obedient child may not actually be a particularly good or nice child. An attorney who follows the rules with exactitude may not be a great attorney, a good negotiator or even fun to work with.”

The full article can be viewed here.