A Note from UH Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer Vol. 2, No. 4

It’s easy to forget the damaging winds and waters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita – unless you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of children whose lives were uprooted in 2005 by these killer storms.

On April 20, our Center for Children, Law & Policy will host a major interdisciplinary conference at the Law Center to identify how the legal system responded to children’s needs in the wake of these natural disasters.  Professors Ellen Marrus and Laura Oren, the co-directors of our newest center of excellence, will collaborate with the ABA Center on Children and the Law to publish results of the conference. 

The conference aims to promote better laws to protect children when future disasters strike.  If your practice or personal interests involve children, I encourage you to find out more about “Children and the Law After the Katrina Disaster” at www.law.uh.edu/Center4CLP.

I also want to call your attention to a special program aimed at helping college sophomores build skills to earn admission to the law school of their choice.  This summer, the University of Houston will host a four-week summer enrichment program co-sponsored by UH and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.  Professor Michael A. Olivas, the director of our Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance, has helped pull together many of the elements of the UH/CLEO Summer Prelaw Institute. 

Application is open to any college sophomore from the Houston area, as well as any sophomores currently enrolled in Houston-area colleges.  The UH/CLEO program offers six credit hours, plus a $1,000 stipend upon completion.  The application deadline is March 30, and information is available at www.prelawprograms.uh.edu.

These ventures are part of what great law schools do for their community – and I wish both of them great success.

RTN


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