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Alex Hunt

About Alex Hunt

Alex Hunt is a former Yale & Irene Rosenberg Graduate Fellow at the Center for Children, Law & Policy. Alex graduated from the University of Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in government. Before entering law school, he taught middle school math at YES Prep Southwest in Houston with Teach For America. In 2010, he received New Leaders' EPIC Spotlight Teacher Award, a national award for teachers with outstanding student growth. Alex graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in May 2013. During law school, Alex was Casenotes & Comments Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law, interned for both state and federal judges, and served as Vice President of the Health Law Organization (HLO). In addition, Alex has received the Irving J. Weiner Memorial Scholarship Award (for a year of outstanding work in the UH Law Center Legal Clinic), the Napoleon Beazley Defender Award (for outstanding work on behalf of children), the Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Child Advocacy Award, the Mont P. Hoyt Memorial Writing Award for an Outstanding Comment on a Topic in International Law, and he was a finalist for Texas Access to Justice's Law Student Pro Bono Award. Alex is currently in private family law practice with the Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in Katy, Texas.

Education in Election 2012: Where Do the Candidates and Parties Stand?

Every election year, polls show education ranks high on the list of issues Americans care most about when deciding how to cast their ballots. 2012 is no exception. President Obama and Governor Romney have outlined their education plans for the next four years on their websites, in their stump speeches, and interestingly, in the foreign […]

Friday’s Children and the Law New Roundup

The Other Achievement Gap: Children with Learning Disabilities, On Special Education – Education Week Just in time for Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, a new report is out that discusses how to help more children with dyslexia become proficient readers. Without these students—who combined with other students with learning disabilities make up about 5 percent of the […]

Saturday Children and the Law News Roundup

Massachusetts Fails to Ensure the Safe Administration of Psychotropic Medications to Children in Foster Care, Children’s Rights The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) lacks an oversight system and qualified staff to ensure that foster children are safely and appropriately administered psychiatric prescriptions, according to an expert report released today by attorneys for Children’s […]

Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Study: Youth Offenses, Sentences, Predict Little about Recidivism, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) Data emerging from a seven years’ study of young offenders suggest that the nature of a serious juvenile crime or the length of time served for it, does not do a very good job predicting if a youth will re-offend. Romney’s Educational […]

BREAKING: New Texas Juvenile Justice Department Executive Director Removes Two Top Officials

From the Austin-American Statesman: The just-arrived head of the troubled Texas Juvenile Justice Department today removed two top officials from their jobs, in what he hinted might be the first of several moves to change the agency’s course. One of the two officials who lost their jobs — James Smith, the deputy director of state […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New Jersey Juveniles Now Entitled to Hearings Before Transfer to State Prisons, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) In August, a state appeals court panel ruled that New Jersey juveniles currently housed in youth detention facilities were entitled to hearings before being transferred to adult prisons, according to The Record. The three-judge appeals panel overturned the transfer […]

Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: Juvenile offenders: Leaving room for hope behind bars (Editorial), LA Times Gov. Jerry Brown has before him SB 9, an important but in the end quite modest bill that would modify life-without-parole sentences for most inmates who committed their crimes as […]

Register Now for Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Child Welfare Advocacy

The Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center is pleased to announce the opening of registration for our Fall 2012 Conference: Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Child Welfare Advocacy. We’ve collaborated with Children at Risk, One Voice Texas, and Disability Rights Texas to put together a stellar lineup of […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: NAACP Blasts Mace in Birmingham Schools, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) The NAACP launched an online petition this week, inviting people to lend their names to a campaign to end the use of pepper spray on students in Birmingham, Al. public […]

Breaking: Big Victory for Juvenile Defenders in Illinois

Update from the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC): Today, the Illinois Supreme Court issued their opinion in In re Austin M., reversing the decisions of the lower courts and remanding the case for new trial.  The decision is a great victory for the juvenile defense community!  The court held that it is a per se conflict of […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: Sentencing Youth as Adults Harms Us All, Juvenile Justice Blog Although there have been a number of promising reforms over the past five years in which states have amended their laws to keep more young offenders in the juvenile system, an estimated […]