AUSTIN, Texas — Every year on his birthday, December the 20th, David Pratter-Avila celebrates by donating books to update the Jamail Center for Legal Research's collection on children's rights. The books, carefully researched by Pratter-Avila's father, lawyer/librarian/lecturer Jonathan Pratter, provide valuable resources to those interested in the topic of children's rights.
"We're delighted to have such a young person give books to our library. David's donation provides benefits to our patrons and helps David develop his social conscience early," said Roy Mersky, who holds the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and directs all aspects of the seventh largest law library in the U.S.
In past years Pratter-Avila has donated such books as For Every Child: The rights of the child in words and pictures (Unicef, 2001), The Disappearance of Childhood (Neil Postman, 1994), and The State of the World's Children 2003: A Child's Right to Participate (Unicef, 2003). This year he donated Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child (U. Press of America, 2002), and The Rights of All Our Children. A Plea for Action (Evans Clinchy, 2002).
Gloria Avila, David's mother, commented, "his yearly gifts help him start exercising rights to participate and be heard in society, as well as through other projects on which our family has worked in contributing to children's rights. Also, the gifts invite UT Law to enhance its important role on means to prevent harm to children, and provide them with the finest environment to be themselves, knowing that they are loved, and their rights are honored, and respected."