Texas-Sized Pro Bono: Tackling Texas Foster Care
October 25, 2016
Dori Kornfeld Goldman and Christopher Porter are the featured speakers at Houston Volunteer Lawyers’ upcoming National Pro Bono Week Kick-off Breakfast, addressing a class action that Yetter Coleman served as lead trial counsel on behalf of 12,000 children in Texas foster care. The case, which wound through the courts for 11 years, resulted in a landmark ruling by U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack in which she found that Texas Children “almost uniformly leave state custody more damaged than they entered,” confirming the constitutional rights of 12,000 Texas foster children. It set into motion appointment of two experts, which has since been upheld by the Fifth Circuit, who are recommending a blueprint for reform.
More details about the presentation can be found here.