CAI’s Robert C. Fellmeth's OpEd Published in The Hill

Robert C. Fellmeth

SaN Diego (February 6, 2018) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Children Advocacy Institute's (CAI) executive director Professor Bob Fellmeth recently wrote an opinion piece for The Hill in which he discussed The Children’s Advocacy Institute’s recent study named “Failing U.”

Upon grading the statutes and preventative protections which states utilize to oppose for-profit post-secondary predators from abusing their power, the analysts found, “Only one state gets a grade above C and 43 get an F. There are virtually no multi-member bodies to provide public oversight, few performance qualifications for public monies, no reviews, little monitoring of sales techniques (including "commissions" that incentivize lying), and no student complaint process.”

Fellmeth went on to say, “This is not an episodic problem, it is endemic, with some schools enrolling hundreds of thousands of students. It has been exhaustively documented. The end result is, increasingly, no employment in the area of training and the acquisition of loans from the schools or others beyond public subsidy. The failure to pay these instruments — commonly not even dischargeable in bankruptcy — can mean credit ruination.”

Read the full artice online

 About Children's Advocacy Institute 

The Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI), founded at the nonprofit University of San Diego School of Law in 1989, is one of the nation's premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children and youth, with special emphasis on improving the child protection and foster care systems and enhancing resources that are available to youth aging out of foster care.

In its academic component, CAI trains law students and attorneys to be effective child advocates throughout their legal careers. Its Child Advocacy Clinic gives USD Law students three distinct clinical opportunities to advocate on behalf of children and youth, and its Dependency Counsel Training Program provides comprehensive training to licensed attorneys engaged in or contemplating Dependency Court practice.

CAI's research and advocacy component, conducted through its offices in San Diego, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., seeks to leverage change for children and youth through impact litigation, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and public education. Active primarily at the federal and state levels, CAI's efforts are multi-faceted—comprehensively and successfully embracing all tools of public interest advocacy to improve the lives of children and youth.

 About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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