Prof. Pimentel's new article, Protecting the Free-Range Kid: Recalibrating Parents' Rights and the Best Interest of the Child, has been published as the lead article in Volume 38 of the Cardozo Law Review. The article challenges the notion that the issues should be framed in terms of parents' rights v. children's rights, suggesting instead that it is more appropriate to consider the issue of who is the best protector of children's best interests: the child's parents or the state. Constitutional jurisprudence suggests that the state should defer to the parents, who -- provided they are "fit" parents -- enjoy a fundamental liberty interest in the raising of their children. But, Professor Pimentel argues, unless state interventions in the family are subjected to strict scrutiny, law and enforcement and child welfare agencies will continue to second-guess parental judgments and to bully parents into adopting the highly protective (i.e. helicopter) parenting practices that have emerged as the new norm.