A California lawyer was not sanctioned for her conduct in advocating for the client's return to the family where the client had suffered several diabetes-related emergencies. For PR types, and especially for profs looking for good cases to assign to students, it's worth a read. Excerpt:
The only issues before us at this time are those raised by this court in its November 26, 2013 Order to Show Cause (OSC) why minor’s counsel on appeal should not be publicly admonished for the manner in which she represented minor, and in the response thereto. Having considered counsel’s response to the OSC and the briefs filed by amici, [fn. 1] we conclude that she should not be publicly admonished.
The court is cognizant of the sensitive and sometimes difficult role of counsel for minors in appeals relating to their status, but in which they are not an appellant. The court acknowledges and applauds the essential work performed by the First District Appellate Project (FDAP) and the counsel for minors we appoint based upon FDAP’s recommendation to assure that minors’ best interests are properly represented in this court. In this unusual case, however, appellate counsel for the minor took a position completely opposite to that taken by minor’s trial counsel, did not receive authorization from minor’s guardian ad litem to change minor’s position, and did not explain why she had changed minor’s position until we ordered her to do so. We write to provide guidance to FDAP and to those who represent minors in appellate proceedings to clarify the court’s expectations of them in such matters.
 In our November 26, 2013 order, we invited participation in this matter from the First District Appellate Project, Christopher Judge, minor’s trial counsel and CAPTA (Child Assault Prevention Treatment Act) (42 U.S.C. 5106a (b)(2)(A)(xiii)) guardian ad litem, and any other interested organization. We received amici briefs from FDAP, Mr. Judge, the California Appellate Defense Counsel, and the National Association of Counsel for Children, all of which have been carefully considered.