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Summer Reading: New Books With a Jersey Connection -- 'Courting Justice'

Whether due to its dynamic and varied population or the state Supreme Court's esteemed reputation and independence, New Jersey has been the setting for some of the most influential court opinions in the country. With "Courting Justice: New Jersey Cases that Shook the Nation," Paul Tractenberg, founder of the Education Law Center and Rutgers-Newark Law professor, selected 10 landmark decisions that had an impact beyond the state's borders. These decisions focused on issues as varied as consumer protections, education funding, the right to die with dignity, affordable housing, and sexual harassment. In this excerpt, "In the Matter of Baby M," written by Suzanne A. Kim, associate dean of Rutgers Law-Newark, the court looked at the issue of child surrogacy and parental rights. The excerpt examines the court's reasoning in this notorious case and also lets us know what happened to Mary Beth Whitehead, the Sterns, and the child known as Baby M.

Summer Reading: New Books With a Jersey Connection -- 'Courting Justice'

Whether due to its dynamic and varied population or the state Supreme Court’s esteemed reputation and independence, New Jersey has been the setting for some of the most influential court opinions in the country. With "Courting Justice: New Jersey Cases that Shook the Nation," Paul Tractenberg, founder of the Education Law Center and Rutgers-Newark Law professor, selected 10 landmark decisions that had an impact beyond the state’s borders. These decisions focused on issues as varied as consumer protections, education funding, the right to die with dignity, affordable housing, and sexual harassment. In this excerpt, “In the Matter of Baby M,” written by Suzanne A. Kim, associate dean of Rutgers Law-Newark, the court looked at the issue of child surrogacy and parental rights. The excerpt examines the court’s reasoning in this notorious case and also lets us know what happened to Mary Beth Whitehead, the Sterns, and the child known as Baby M.

In the Matter of Baby M (1988)

Reining in Surrogate Parenting and Defining Children’s Best Interests

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