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4/13/2005 9:57:25 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Calls Needed to Expand Opportunities for Homeschoolers

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April 13, 2005


Texas--Calls Needed to Expand Opportunities for Homeschoolers


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are making an impact.

House Bill 826 passed the House subcommittee and full committee (7 to
1) despite opposition from the legal education community. Opponents
of this bill are trying to prevent competition among law schools.

H.B. 826 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.

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


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Call your state representative and give him 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."

You can find information on your representative by using our
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/ or call the House
Clerk's office at (512) 463-0845 and ask for your representative.

To view this bill's previous e-lert, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2274


BACKGROUND

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.

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.

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.

For more information on the bill, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2275 .

Thank you for your calls.

Sincerely,


Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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