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3/30/2005 5:07:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Calls Needed to Expand Legal Education Opportunities for Homeschoolers

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March 30, 2005


Texas--Calls Needed to Expand Legal Education Opportunities for
Homeschoolers


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

More and more homeschool graduates are going to law school. This is an
important development, since it creates a foundation for homeschoolers
to have an impact on our legal system, run for office, and serve in
government.

House Bill 826, presently in a subcommittee of the House Licensing and
Administrative Procedures Committee, will make it possible for
homeschool graduates of quality distance-learning law school programs
to take the Texas Bar Exam thereby allowing them to practice law in
the state. For instance, homeschoolers who graduate from the distance
learning school Oak Brook College of Law in California are currently
prohibited from taking the Texas Bar Exam. H.B. 826 would allow these
types of students the opportunity to practice law in Texas.

Over the last eight years I have worked with numerous Oak Brook law
students who have worked as Legal Assistants for the HSLDA Legal
Department. They have turned out to be the best Legal Assistants to
serve HSLDA. In fact, we have hired two graduates of the school to
work as lawyers in our office. To continue to deny these exemplary
lawyers that graduate from Oak Brook from practicing law in Texas
serves no useful purpose.

Please take the time to make a call urging your representative to vote
for this bill.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Call the three members of the subcommittee and give them this
message:

"Please vote for House Bill 826, which will allow graduates from
proven distance-learning law schools to take the Texas Bar Exam. This
bill will benefit Texas by allowing these skilled graduates to
practice law in the state."

Members of the subcommittee:

Representative Chente Quintanilla
Phone: (512) 463-0613

Representative Kino Flores
Phone: (512) 463-0704

Representative Charlie Geren
Phone: (512) 463-0610

2. Call your state representative with the same message.

You can find information on your representative by using our
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/ .


BACKGROUND

This bill was filed in the previous legislative session and passed the
House, but failed to pass the Senate. Representative Robert Talton
refiled the bill this year, and it went before the subcommittee on
March 29. It was expected to pass easily, but several Texas law
schools submitted opposition letters. Despite the testimony of
proponents for the bill, it was left pending in the committee.

The subcommittee is expected to vote soon and your calls are needed to
pass the bill. This type of law school is a good fit for homeschool
students, and passage of the bill will allow graduates to practice in
Texas. Currently only California welcomes these students, and many of
them are successfully practicing law in that state.

For more information on the bill, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2237 .

Thank you for your calls.

Sincerely,


Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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