In Louisiana, the Legislature is considering a bill forbidding law students at clinics that receive any public money from suing government agencies, companies or individuals for damages unless exempted by the Legislature. It is a response to a suit brought by the Tulane Law School clinic on behalf of an environmental group against federal and state environmental regulators, seeking greater enforcement of air quality standards in the Baton Rouge area.
“There is no reason that tax money should pay for these law students to act like regulators,” said State Senator Robert Adley, a Republican who submitted the bill in response to a request from his state’s oil and gas industry.
While I tend to agree with the general point of the representative, "These law students" sounds far too much like the classic phrase at the end of every Scooby Doo episode..."if it weren't for you meddling kids..."
I'm also curious about how much the clinic at this private law school actually receives in state funding, if it receives any at all. There's this note from the TELC's website and a listing of donors:
Private foundations and contributors provide funding for the Clinic to offer the high quality legal assistance its clients need, supplementing Tulane Law School’s contribution to the Clinic’s budget.