May 10, 2010 12:19 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Law clinics at universities across
Louisiana fear a state senator's proposal could force them to
close, leaving their impoverished clients without free legal
services in cases ranging from child support to water pollution.
Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, said he's heard those concerns and
plans to put limits on the legislation to allay fears when the bill
comes up for debate in a Senate committee this week.
Both sides acknowledge the measure is aimed at the Tulane
Environmental Law Clinic, which Adley and business lobbyists say
has driven jobs from the state. The clinic's supporters argue its
lawyers help community groups hold state and federal regulators
accountable, to make sure they comply with pollution laws.