Saturday, April 12, 2008

Everything is Bigger in Texas

Would you like to do something educational this fall?

The Texas courts anticipate being overwhelmed by what at least one journalist has called "the biggest child welfare case in Texas history."

Tom Vic, partner at the Texas firm Vick Carney & Smith, is seeking the names, addresses and phone numbers of family lawyers willing to volunteer as ad litems for the 400 children who were removed from polygamist compound in Eldorado. According to Vic, the case is so large that the 120 lawyers in San Angelo, the city with the most attorneys near tiny Eldorado, can't possibly handle it.

Granted, none of us are lawyers. But I'm guessing folks up 'round Eldorado would be much obliged for any help they can get -- even if that help came from Berkeley!

And far be it from me to over-speculate, but it seems like a fine public interest oriented law school might just jump at the opportunity to grant a motivated student a handful of credits credits and some financial aid to support a "real world educational experience," which also happens to fall squarely within the public interest. (Think: CLO on steroids. With accents.)

Now that I think of it, the press release wouldn't look too shabby in the class of 2012 admissions brochure, either. Maybe some candid close-ups to hang in the hallway . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...


4/12/2008 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boalt did help fund a group of students to go to New Orleans during winter break after Hurricane Katrina. I think a problem here might be that the ad litems would be needed for a longer period of time, but not necessarily 40 hours of week of work--especially if each child needs a separate ad litem (can siblings share one?) But definitely something for the youth law people to look into....

4/12/2008 10:21 PM  

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