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Bracewell Attorneys Honored as Children at Risk’s “Heroes of the Month”

June 10, 2014

Bracewell Partner Marcy E. Kurtz and Associate Kate Champion were recognized as “Heroes of the Month” in June by Children at Risk, a Texas-based non-profit organization that strives to influence change for children through research, education and influencing public policy.

Kurtz and Champion both work extensively with Children at Risk. As the firm’s pro bono coordinator, Kurtz approved Children at Risk as a pro bono client of the firm. Champion joined Children at Risk’s Law Advisory Board in 2013.

Through their work with the organization, Kurtz and Champion recognized the need for an increase in parent education programs across the United States in order to positively impact child welfare. A team of Bracewell associates as well as the firm’s research librarians then helped Kurtz and Champion conduct a policy scan on all fifty states to obtain more information about the type of parent education programs offered in each state, particularly in Texas. The team hopes that this information will help determine what types of programs work best and how those programs can be implemented in Texas.

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Children at Risk strives to address the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. For over 20 years, the non-profit has worked to improve child welfare across Texas through community education, collaborative action, evidence-based public policy and advocacy for youth at the local and state level.

Kurtz focuses her practice on financial restructuring matters, advising banks and other lenders on creditors’ rights issues and representing clients in litigation both within and outside the bankruptcy case context.

Champion represents and counsels exploration and production companies, pipeline companies, developers, purchasers, sellers, borrowers, and lenders in all aspects of energy and energy-related transactions.