Miracle On 34th Street

Okay, so we don’t have a 34th Street where I’m from. We’re more like the rest of America when we reach Ninth Ave in nearby Yorkville (not the one in Manhattan). Anyway, if you’ve been following our updates for the meeting this Sunday in NYC, I submitted a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday (a request for review of one of my test cases for parenting equity in our courts). Now for the rest of the story. It almost didn’t happen, and I wish I had a nice professional explanation on how it miraculously did minutes before a 6 pm deadline. But I don’t. Simply stated, it must have had something to do with that teleconference this past Sunday with religious and family rights advocates. Anyway, after working long hours on the project, I discovered on the morning of its due date that the petition did not satisfy certain highly technical print requirements. By 11 am, I nearly abandoned the filing effort because in our small town, there is no print shop capable of assembling 55 booklets of the kind which the Supreme Court requires in a matter of hours. Then a friend at my regular location referred me to a special contact. I quickly called and drove my papers to his shop (we have no traffic problems in our metro area). I then learned that he had completed such a writ project only weeks earlier and reworked the booklets after they had been rejected (giving them a 60 day extension). Imagine the chances of that in our town given the small number of petitions nationwide. Even more fortunate, the two partners had done work for my office when it had a staff and both had experienced parenting injustices among family and friends. They were familiar with my reform movement and had evidently read my full page advertisement which was recently paid for by a former client (available on this site). They dropped everything, directed me to e-mail them certain files, and by the grace of God, the 40 booklets with copies upon adversary counsel were all completed and timely submitted with filing fee. This may not have occurred on 34th Street, but it features the same Christmas “spirit”. Happy Holidays to all of our friends and followers. We look forward to seeing those of you coming to the Plaza Hotel.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Lawsuit/Planning Meeting Update: Civil Rights Conference Call of 12/19/10

A one hour conference call was held at 1 pm yesterday at the request of family preservation leaders and past rally organizers on the subject of my recent lawsuit and upcoming planning session in NYC. A focus upon the involvement of religious groups produced an inspirational discourse mirroring the history and development of past civil rights movements. Ironically, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal was being hailed simultaneously in national media as the “last frontier of civil rights movements”, demonstrating to the rest of us just how silent and mindless the true “frontier” remains in connection with parenting rights, see our prior posts on the subject. My responses to questions and commentary from lawyer and leadership participants in this conference revolved around the need for renewal, positive action and unity of purpose. Unlike prior test cases, my federal action is comprehensive in scope, addressing a full range of constitutional violations routinely caused by a wide array of state intrusions upon parent-child relations. Put another way, there is something in it for virtually every aggrieved parent and child. When confronted with a question concerning the uphill battle we all face, I responded with a parallel to Brown v Bd of Education upon which my lawsuit is partially based. The lawyers and lay advocates who backed the consolidated cases behind that landmark ruling were burdened with far greater risks and challenges than we face today. Yet without their sacrifices in 1954 and the legitimacy of principle secured at the Supreme Court level, the civil rights movement of the sixties would never have materialized. We need similar legitimacy here. More important, we need similar commitment and sacrifice. These efforts require funding and serious participation if we are ever going to elevate the true frontier to its deserved level nationwide. Thanks for all your support and motivation.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Seeking Co-Sponsors of Guest Column for Media Nationwide

Attached as a link is a guest column considered for publication in the New York Times recently.  An editor reported this past week that he has decided not to run it. In that case, I informed them that I would submit the same column for publication nationwide on alternate sites and metro media.  Of course this effort can best be advanced through co-sponsorship and the assistance of our growing numbers of supporters. A copy is attached and available to any interested party who would like to submit it for example to their local press. Kindly return any amended versions for my approval containing new or modified content.  This can be done through same day e-mail at: leonkozioljd@gmail.com. We are hoping to secure growing interest in our cause before the New York meeting.

Leon Koziol, J.D.

Click here to link to guest column

Mothers For Judicial Accountability Seeks to Join Federal Lawsuit

Yesterday, Mr. Koziol was contacted by Bridget Marks, a parenting rights activist and founder of Mothers for Judicial Accountability. After providing him with a fascinating and prominent background, she expressed an interest in joining his federal lawsuit filed on November 10, 2010. Ms. Marks has been featured on national shows and radio programs in connection with her successful litigation targeting parental alienation practices. She was also the impetus for the passage of “Bridget’s Law” in New York State. Ms. Marks is expected to attend our Monday brunch at the Plaza Hotel on the 27th.