Price Philanthropies has made a grant to the University of San Diego Law School to establish the Fellmeth-Peterson Faculty Chair in Child Rights. The chair is being named the Fellmeth-Peterson Chair to honor the father of Robert C. Fellmeth and to honor Paul Peterson.
Professor Robert C. Fellmeth currently occupies the law school’s endowed chair in Public Interest Law and is the founding director of the Child Advocacy Institute. Paul Peterson, who served as the first chairman of the Council for Children at the institute, practiced law in San Diego for many years and taught at the University of San Diego Law School.
In 1980 Sol and Helen Price provided funding to establish the chair in Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego Law School. In 1989 Sol Price encouraged Professor Fellmeth to create the Child Advocacy Institute to focus specifically on protecting and promoting the interests of children. Since the time they were established, both the Center for Public Interest Law and the Child Advocacy Institute have made major contributions including educating more than 1,000 outstanding attorneys who now practice public interest law throughout the United States and effectuating significant improvements in a variety of public interest areas including authoring legislation that has led to safer playground equipment, swimming pool safety requirements, mandatory bicycle helmet laws, improved car seat regulations and increasing State of California payments to foster parents.
Paul Peterson, who served as Sol Price’s personal attorney and as legal counsel to The Price Company, praised Professor Fellmeth for the success of the Child Advocacy Institute: “I was just chairman of the institute’s council. Bob was the champion of the children.”
Professor Fellmeth says that the Institute is a product of his belief that his generation has a responsibility to leave the world a better place: “I like the idea that children represent the future.”
Both Paul Peterson and Professor Fellmeth have contributed to the endowment and say they hope that the legacy of protecting children will long outlast their own involvement.