HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – After years of preparation, two products of Yale Law School – a pricey, powerhouse program – stood before the Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing on behalf of the poorest public school students in one of the country’s richest states.
Plaintiffs’ legal fees for the case brought the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding would have cost an estimated $5 million to $7 million if handled by private lawyers.
Yale law students Neil Weare and David Noah and a dozen classmates spent thousands of hours interviewing plaintiffs, conducting research, drafting briefs and developing oral arguments, for free.
“We had a healthy sense of nerves,” Weare said. “When you have potentially the future of Connecticut’s schoolchildren resting on this argument today, there’s a lot riding on it.”