Academic journal article Journal of Law and Education

Counterpoint Introduction: Reform of Higher Education Institutions: Getting "Huesos En Vez De Huesitos" *

Academic journal article Journal of Law and Education

Counterpoint Introduction: Reform of Higher Education Institutions: Getting "Huesos En Vez De Huesitos" *

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In the Fall 2016 issue of the Journal, Albert Kauffman, who is a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law and formerly staff attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), recounted his experience as lead counsel in a suit that led to improvement of higher education opportunities for Latino students in institutions of higher education in the Texas border area.1 Based on his 35 years of experience and his analysis of other models for systemic educational reform via litigation, he set forth a new "best practices model,"2 illustrating its application via this Texas higher education case3 and MALDEF's corresponding litigation in Texas K-12 education context.4

In the first part of his article, Kauffman recounted how by coordinating its state court suit with its state legislative efforts, MALDEF succeeded in attaining a massive resource improvement to the border institutions of higher education via 1) winning a trial court judgment, 2) organizing the various constituencies into a concerted legislative push, and 3) gamering major administrative and legislative changes despite a subsequent Texas Supreme Court reversal of the trial court decision.5 The result, as he showed with impressive statistical evidence, amounted to a level of success "greater than that achieved by any area of Texas for any five-year period within the last 25 years. …

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