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Free Virtual Clinic to Provide Parents with Pro Bono Support Regarding Educational Challenges and Questions

For Immediate Release September 2, 2016

Contacts:

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will launch its innovative e-clinic on September 6th for parents in California. Building upon the success of PREP’s digital platform (www.prepparents.org), the e-clinic will allow parents to meet virtually free of charge via video chat with a pro bono advocate to discuss educational issues related to special education, school discipline, English Language Learners, or discrimination issues. Volunteers and parents will work together in an online setting to formulate an action plan that will support addressing their child(ren)’s educational success. “PREP is excited to leverage technology and human capital at law firms and corporations to support parents in advocating for their children,” said Lawyers’ Committee PREP Manager and Senior Counsel Natasha Quiroga.  “The e-clinic will overcome geographical challenges and scheduling constraints to make an even larger impact on the lives of parents and children.”


WHO:            
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, PREP

Parents with questions about their child(ren)’s education related to:

  • Special Education
  • School Discipline
  • English Language Learners
  • Discrimination

WHAT:          Free virtual, online appointments between parents and pro bono advocates

  • Appointments can be conducted in English and Spanish

WHEN:          Intake begins Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and will continue throughout the school year

WHERE:        Online at www.PREPparents.org

***Interested parents are asked to complete an intake form at www.PREPparents.org or call 844-PREP-4-US (844-773-7487) to schedule an appointment.

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About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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