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March 27, 2006

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Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 232-1408.

David Pratter, UT Law Library's Youngest Donor

Photo of David Pratter with Professor Roy Mersky David Pratter with Professor Roy Mersky

AUSTIN, Texas—Every year on his birthday, December 20, David Pratter-Avila celebrates by donating books to update the Jamail Center for Legal Research's collection on children's rights. This year on his 8th birthday, he donated The State of the World’s Children 2006: Excluded and Invisible, published by UNICEF.

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.

"Children have human rights of their own that adults are bound to respect and promote," said Professor Roy Mersky, Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research at the Tarlton Law Library. "Among these are the right to grow and flourish in a safe and healthy environment. These are the ideas that the donors wish to reinforce with their annual gift to Tarlton Law Library of a book on children’s human rights," he said.

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), The State of the World's Children 2003: A Child's Right to Participate (Unicef, 2003),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).

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