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The Nation; Law Students Prevail Again in High Court; Stanford's litigation clinic offers hands-on training, and a chance to change the law

Publication Date: 
April 05, 2005
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
David G. Savage

David Savage reports on the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic:

The Supreme Court's decision Monday that individual retirement accounts are protected from creditors in bankruptcy cases marks the second time in less than a week that a small group of Stanford University law students has won a change in U.S. law.

Their first victory came Wednesday, when the justices expanded the rights of older workers to sue for age discrimination. That decision came in a Mississippi case that was appealed to the high court through the students' efforts.

"It can't get any better than this," Stanford law professor Pamela S. Karlan, one of the founders of the law school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, said Monday after learning of the unanimous ruling in the bankruptcy case.