Jesse Krohn Praises Rule Change for Minor Parents

Former Skadden fellow Jesse Krohn ('12) was quoted in a Pennsylvania Law Weekly article about a rule change allowing minor parents to bring, maintain or defend custody actions without an appointed guardian ("Minor Parents Get New Independence in Custody Cases," Aug. 4). Philadelphia Legal Assistance, where Jesse is a staff attorney, has been advocating for the change. "If you go to a family court and you're told, 'This isn't for you, this isn't available to you,' it's disempowering," Jesse said. "They're going to consider the courts an antagonistic presence." She said she has encountered parents in their 20s who, as minors, lost custody to an adult because they could not participate in proceedings without a guardian.