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O’Melveny’s Pro Bono Victory for Foster Parent Applicants Highlighted by Daily JournalJune 18, 2012 The June 15, 2012, Daily Journal article, “Foster parent hopefuls notch win against agency,” reports that a team from O’Melveny & Myers LLP recently prevailed in a Sacramento County Superior Court case against the California Department of Social Services on behalf of plaintiffs who sought to challenge the agency’s practice of “unlawfully denying access to the existing state administrative hearing system to would-be foster parents whose homes are denied approval by foster care administrators," according to the complaint. The article reports that Judge Michael Kenny ruled that a California welfare and institutions code requires that families who receive "adverse decisions" should be provided a hearing to contest those decisions.
"This is an important decision to individuals who have relatives in foster care," said Robert Swerdlow, a counsel in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. The piece also notes that law students Meaghan Field and Michael Thompson from the USC Gould School of Law also assisted O'Melveny in the case as part of the school's Access to Justice Practicum.