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Demographics and the Fight for Equality

How Wendy Wang discovered civil rights law is more complex than it used to be

Wendy Wang had been an attorney for eight years before a pro bono case brought her to the nation’s attention. Wang and fellow Bickel & Brewer attorney Michael Veeser agreed to try a voting rights case as part of the firm’s cutting-edge Storefront program, which offers high-quality legal services to low-income clients. Wang and Veeser represented Manuel Benavidez, a retired airline technician, who had sued the Dallas suburb of Irving for violating the federal Voting Rights Act. The …

Yearning to Return to Zion

Aubrey Connatser and Ramsey Patton took on one of the largest custody cases—over 400 children—in Texas history

The scene was unlike anything Connatser or Ramsey Patton had ever experienced. Hundreds of people—parents, lawyers, children and state officials—were crammed into the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo. Meanwhile, hundreds more were at the city hall auditorium a couple of blocks away, watching the proceedings via a live video feed that enabled them to participate in the hearing. It was not your typical child custody case. As Connatser aptly describes it: "We were living the hardest …

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