In what may be the first of its kind, a national parenting rights convention is being scheduled for April 15-18, 2011 in upstate New York. Following through on commitments made at a planning session held recently at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, civil rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D. has offered a location not far from the site of the first national women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. According to Koziol, “we’ve come a long ways since 1848, but the civil rights abuses upon parents and their children have reached intolerable extremes. State intrusions upon family privacy have led to an alarming breakdown in the productivity, health and moral fiber of an entire nation”.
Originally targeted to occur in metropolitan Philadelphia, organizers were unable to secure a suitable hotel and conference center with limited resources. The idea was first launched in November, 2010 after Mr. Koziol filed a comprehensive test case in federal district court challenging the abuses found in our domestic relations courts. Hancock Airport in Syracuse is the flight destination, nearby Turning Stone Casino provides world class entertainment, and the site hotel is a four or five hour drive from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. High speed rail service makes a stop which is walking distance to the hotel with group lodging rates at a fraction of the cost found in major cities. It promises to be an event which would impress Susan B. Anthony herself.
This long overdue convention will address parental alienation, gender discrimination, abusive child control laws and the bankrupting of mainstream parents. A primary goal is to organize a June rally in Washington D.C. A series of regularly scheduled conference calls accommodating as many as 100 participants at a time will commence on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 7 pm eastern time for momentum building purposes. The conference dial-in number is: (605) 477-3000 and the participant access code is: 561737#). In order to gauge preliminary interest in both events, please email your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org using the word “Reservation” in the subject line (be sure to include all contact information as well as which event you’re interested in). On a separate note, Mr. Koziol will appear on a national radio program sponsored by www.syndicatednews.net in Florida this Friday at 8 P.M. The convention and related subjects will be featured in this one hour program which can be accessed directly on line. In addition, you can view a recent YNN news story on our site. Also, be sure to subscribe to this website to receive further details.
Congratulations to the staff at Your News Now (YNN) for carrying an outstanding segment which featured the valuable work that civil rights advocate Leon Koziol is doing with respect to preserving parent child relationships. Unlike other news outlets which seem to only care about the sensationalistic details surrounding Mr. Koziol’s personal life and professional career, YNN took the time to produce and prepare a segment that focused upon both the substance and relevance of Mr. Koziol’s work as it relates to the long over due need for domestic relations law reform in private child rearing matters. As these same news outlets continue to suppress and marginalize the importance of such mainstream issues, it’s refreshing to see an organization like YNN report the news in an objective, unbiased and informative manner all in an effort to better educate their viewers.
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.
On December 21, 2010, civil rights advocate Leon R. Koziol submitted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the United States Supreme on a constitutional challenge to New York’s custody and support laws. Three principal questions are being raised: 1) whether the state has exceeded a constitutional limit upon child control practices in domestic relations litigation; 2) whether the state promotes institutional discrimination on account of gender in these same processes; and 3) whether the state has impaired the liberty rights of a father and attorney to maintain a paternal family unit and fair participation in our state courts after publicly criticizing abusive and unethical practices. The petition arises from a mandamus and prohibition action dismissed by the high court of New York recently which made these issues ripe for review by our nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court accepts relatively few cases for decision each year, however, this petition features questions of nationwide importance to parents and children. It represents one of many efforts to reform antiquated laws which fleece families of their resources through manufactured controversies. These challenged laws coerce parents to fight over their own children in public courtrooms in lieu of private agreements without government interference. A planning session in New York City early next week seeks to organize a national parenting rights convention and spring rally in Washington D.C. An alternate route to the Supreme Court is well underway in connection with two actions consolidated by a federal court judge last month. A fascinating read, we plan to publish components of Mr. Koziol’s writ to our followers across the country at www.leonkoziol.com in coming weeks.
Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
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See Utica Observer Dispatch Article
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.
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.
Here is a link to a Holiday advertisement that you’re welcome to modify and place in news publications around the country. See Holiday Advertisement
Office of Leon R. Koziol
1518 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: (315) 796-4000
TO: ASSOCIATED PRESS, MEDIA AND INTERESTED PARTIES
FROM: LEON R. KOZIOL, J.D.
DATE: December 2, 2010
RE: Federal Court Decision
A decision was received this past week in connection with a parenting rights test case filed against the New York Chief Justice, Unified Court System and others on November 10, 2010. A federal court judge reviewed the background together with an earlier case filed in February, 2009 and argued in September, 2010. An order was then entered which consolidated both actions with the earlier one designated as the “Lead Case” and the latter one as the “Member Case”. All motions for dismissal filed by the New York court defendants were denied along with the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction. Both actions were then allowed to proceed without prejudice to renew those motions in the consolidated action.
This procedure is not unlike one employed in the Oneida land claim litigation of which I was a part during the nineties, see i.e. Oneida Nation v County of Oneida, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000)(involving successful maintenance of gaming compact challenge against tribal motion for injunction). The current“Lead Case”, brought on behalf of “parents similarly situated” will soon enter its third year with opportunity for class action status in the event other victims of custody, support and alienation practices seek to join or intervene. This is a comprehensive challenge based upon rights protected under our Constitution and can be viewed in its entirety (the “Member Case”) on federal pacer docket and elsewhere on this site. A planning session surrounding this case and a national Parenting Rights Convention is scheduled for December 26-27, 2010 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, see details on this site.
Office of Leon R. Koziol
1518 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: (315) 796-4000
TO: ALL PARENTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES
DATE: December 1, 2010
On behalf of the Parenting Rights Institute, and third parties, I am urging victims of custody, support and child control laws to join me on December 26-27, 2010 in New York City for a gathering of concerned parents to plan a winter Parenting Rights Convention and Spring rally in Washington D.C. We will be meeting at 7 pm on the 26th in the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park. A follow-up brunch will occur on the 27th. Alternate lodging can be reserved at 3-star Ameritania Hotel adjacent to Letterman Theatre on Times Square only several blocks away. More details to follow on our site at www.leonkoziol.com. Heading our list of priorities are prominent benefactors and fundraising initiatives behind a nationwide movement.
LEON R. KOZIOL, J.D.