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Stanford Law Clinic Involved In State Education Suit

Publication Date: 
May 21, 2010
The Stanford Daily

The Youth and Education Law Project (YELP) of the Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School is co-counsel with Bingham McCutchen in Robles-Wong v. California representing individual plaintiffs, including the named plaintiff Maya Robles-Wong. Under the direction of Professor Bill Koski, the Youth and Education Law Project provides Stanford Law students the opportunity to represent youth and families in special education and school discipline matters, community outreach and education, school reform litigation, policy research, and legal advocacy. This lawsuit asks the court to compel the State of California to align its school finance system—its funding policies and mechanisms—with the educational program that the State has put in place.


The Stanford Daily ran this coverage:


A Stanford Law School project is helping represent the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the State of California filed on Thursday alleging the state education finance system is unconstitutional because it denies all students equal opportunities to meet academic targets.

Stanford Law’s Youth and Education Law Project, part of the Mills Legal Clinic, is representing the plaintiffs in Robles-Wong, et al. v. State of California, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, along with firm Bingham McCutchen and attorney William Abrams.


“We believe this is an appropriate role for the courts to play,” said William Koski Ph.D. ‘03, the director of the Youth and Education Law Project, in a statement from Stanford. “We’re not asking a judge to legislate. The resolution will come in the political arena. But forcing the legislature to do something will break the gridlock on these issues in Sacramento.”

The Youth and Education Law Project has Stanford law students earn community service experience by representing families and children in school- and discipline-related litigation and by doing policy research and advocacy.