"This is wildly different than anything I've encountered," said Betty J. Luke, a South Texas College of Law professor who works on clinical studies.She's
represented children before.But this week, she's
had trouble getting to sleep with the begging cries of her
new 7-year-old client's last phone call echoing in her
, like hundreds of other Texas lawyers, answered calls and e-mails seeking volunteers last week.
Though many of the lawyers praised local court officials for doing the best under incredible circumstances, there was also what Luke calls an "ugly side" to the two-day hearing that decided the temporary fate of the children.
"There was no meaningful way to have my client addressed at this cattle call. ...There has been no way yet to meaningfully represent my client," said Luke
, who has had trouble reaching a Texas Child Protective Services case worker.