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1899: The Illinois General Assembly enacted the Juvenile Court Act, the first separate court for youth charged with committing criminal acts was established. It created a special court for neglected, dependent or delinquent children under the age of 16. Among the act's key features were a rehabilitative, rather than punitive, purpose; a provision that juvenile court records be maintained confidentially and separately from criminal records to minimize stigma; the physical separation of youths from adults when incarcerated or placed in the same institution; a provision barring the detention of children under the age of 12 in jails at all; and generally informal procedures.

Masters Law Group (formerly Wiggins & Masters) litigates civil appeals in every state and federal appellate court in Washington State. Mr. Masters was an appellate law clerk and Ms. Lemmel was a judicial extern in both state and federal courts. Our paralegal, Cheryl Fox, is an experienced attorney who handles record and other issues for us.

Our appeals have involved nearly every area of life and the law, from accord and satisfaction to banking, class actions to constitutional rights (state and federal), contracts to covenants, deeds of trust to easements, election law to employment discrimination, family law to guardianships, health care to intellectual property, insurance coverage to jury trials, kayaks to landlords & tenants, malpractice (legal and medical) to negligence (personal injury plaintiffs & defendants), officers & directors (corporations) to partnerships, parental rights to probates, products liability to quiet title actions, railroads to real estate, securities to statutes, trusts & estates to usury, venue to water rights, wills to witnesses, and from workers compensation to zoning - and ZZ Top (yes, we represented that little ol' band from Texas).

We enjoy assisting trial counsel in anticipating appellate issues, but the far greater part of our practice is directly in the appellate courts. Our broad and deep experience enables us to represent clients efficiently and effectively.

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