Bernard Perlmutter, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Co-Director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic, was honored with the Hugh Glickstein Child Advocate of the Year Award for his contributions in the field of children’s law. The award was presented by the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Professor Bernard Perlmutter
At the Children & Youth Law Clinic, Professor Perlmutter teaches and supervises second- and third-year law students who handle cases involving abused, abandoned and neglected children and adolescents in a variety of legal proceedings, including dependency and foster care, public benefits, health care, mental health, disability, education and immigration cases, in addition to appellate, legislative and administrative advocacy and law reform litigation.
He has litigated numerous federal and state court class action lawsuits seeking to reform Florida's foster care system. He has submitted amicus curiae briefs in a number of cases of national significance, including Roper v. Simmons (juvenile death penalty), GAL v. S.C. (foster child's right to medical records privacy), DCF v. Statewide Advocacy Council (advocacy council's access to confidential records held by Department of Children & Families), and cases affecting older foster children, immigrant children and disabled children.
The award is named in honor of the late Judge Hugh S. Glickstein, who advocated for children’s services his entire career and which led him to receive the U.S. Congressional Award in 1985.