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Chambers v. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.
(1907) 207 U.S. 142, 148

Roger Booth was the subject of a recent front page feature article in the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

Roger Booth Featured in Desert Sun Article

The article in the Desert Sun focuses on our firm’s cases against the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (“DPSS”) on behalf of children who have been subjected to sexual or physical abuse and have failed to get any protection from the County social workers who are paid to provide such protection.

We have a number of cases currently in litigation and about to be filed against DPSS. This includes the case featured in the article, which involves the tragic death of an 8-year-old boy who had been the subject of years of horrific torture by his father. County social workers knew of the abuse for years, but failed to intervene, relying on the bizarre excuse that the abusive father would not cooperate. When the boy went missing and was presumed dead, the dependency court judge took the unusual step of calling out DPSS’ failures in open court, insisting that the DPSS Director be made aware of them and essentially inviting a lawsuit against the agency.

Carly Sanchez Article Published in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine

An article by Booth & Koskoff attorney Carly Sanchez and Yeshiva University professor Daniel Pollack on the role of law enforcement in child welfare checks was published in the January 2020 edition of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.

This is an important topic because, as we have seen in cases that we have handled, children who are being abused or severely neglected are sometimes in need of more immediate help than what the regular child protective services and dependency court processes can provide. Social workers cannot force parents to let them into their homes, but under appropriate circumstances, police can. This can make the difference between life and death for these children.

This is one of a series of articles that Carly and Professor Pollack have published on topics related to protecting children from abuse and neglect. Professor Pollack is an attorney, college professor and experienced administrator for social service agencies. Carly, in addition to her work at our firm, acts as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the Los Angeles County dependency court system.

Looking for a new attorney

We are looking for a highly intelligent, hard-working and motivated lawyer to join our firm. 

An ideal candidate would have at least a few years of experience, including some trial experience (either criminal or civil). This is a terrific opportunity to learn how to handle serious injury, wrongful death and sexual abuse cases.

Anyone who is interested or knows of a good candidate can contact Roger Booth at

Since 1984, Booth & Koskoff has represented plaintiffs who have suffered catastrophic injuries, sexual or physical abuse or the death of a loved one. The firm has obtained over 90 jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million.

Contact us via email at or call 310-515-1361.

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