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23 June 2011 @ 06:53 pm
I amuse myself again  
New problem for my students:

Frank and Jamia Iero, a married couple from the United States, are seeking to adopt a child from Serbia. To prepare for this, they had Gerard Way, an independent social worker, come to their home to conduct a background check and home study. Mr. Way offered to handle their adoption for half the price of an accredited adoption agency. Mr. and Mrs. Iero agreed.

Mr. Way is not accredited or approved by any accrediting agency under 42 USC 14921 et seq. He has sought approval by the local accrediting agency, but they have refused to approve him unless he agrees to become an independent contractor with their sister organization, an agency that conducts local and in-state adoptions.

Given the cost of the flight to Serbia, and the money they have already paid Mr. Way for his services, Mr. and Mrs. Iero do not have the money to pay for an attorney. You have kindly offered your time pro bono to look into this situation. As you will not be charging them, you will want to keep your costs as low as possible.

The statute does not offer enough guidance as to Congress's intent, so you will have to research the legislative history of the law.

1. What is the popular name, public law number and stat cite for this law?

2. What is the bill number that became the public law?

3. What is the companion bill number?

4. What is the House report number?

5. Is there a Senate report? If so, what is its report number?

6. Read through the report(s). What would make Mr. Way's pre-placement background check and home study acceptable? Cite your answer.

7. Can the local accrediting agency refuse to approve Mr. Way based on whether he contracts with their sister organization? Explain your answer and give the citation.

8. What did members of the House have to say about the accreditation of agencies, if anything? Which member(s) spoke about the issue? Cite your answer.

9. What did members of the Senate have to say about the accreditation of agencies, if anything? Which member(s) spoke about the issue? Cite your answer.

10. What other documents can shed light on Congress's intent?
if the canon gets it wrong, you must WIP it: squeemojedusaur on June 24th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I hope you realize you're totally outing yourself as an MCR fan here by including the last names. There's no way none of your students will know or google them. :P
Elletheletterelle on June 24th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
My students aren't likely interested enough in rock to bother. And I don't mind people knowing I'm an MCR fan. :)