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Qalim Cromer, 3L, Helps Pass Foster Youth Employment Law

Friday, September 21, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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On May 16th, 2012, the Council of the District of Columbia enacted the Foster Youth Employment Amendment Act of 2012, which provides a hiring preference within the District for young people who have passed through the foster care system. A considerable share of credit for the legislation belongs to third-year student Qalim Cromer in his work in the Legislation Clinic in the spring 2012 semester. Working at the office of the Council’s Committee on Human Services, chaired by Councilmember Jim Graham, Qalim drafted the original legislation and staffed the hearings when the bill was being debated before the Council. He also made all edits as the bill passed through the Committee process. Many groups that work with foster youth, including the Children’s Law Center and the D.C. Department of Human Services, praised the legislation. The District is now only the second jurisdiction in the United States to offer such a preference, while similar efforts have failed in other states including California. Professor Burgdorf, Director of the Legislation Clinic, praised Qalim as having made "a major contribution to District law enhancing the opportunities of foster youths.”

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