Smile Train Provides Free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries

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Litigation attorney Bryce Neier focuses his law practice on family law, and has prevailed in a number of major international child custody cases between his state of North Carolina and countries such as Germany, Spain, Canada, and Columbia South America. He is also admitted to practice in both state and federal courts, up to and including the Supreme Court of the United States. When not representing clients, Bryce Neier supports a number of charities, including Smile Train.

Cleft lip or cleft palate occurs when certain tissue structures do not join together properly during the development of the fetus. These improperly formed tissues typically affect the upper lip or the roof of the mouth. Children with this very visible defect are not just subject to ridicule and isolation, they often experience physical difficulties with speaking, eating, and breathing.

While in the US such conditions are surgically corrected, in the poorest countries of the world most children with clefts will never receive the necessary reconstructive surgery. Cleft palates occur in about 1 in 500 births among Asians, 1 in 700 among Caucasians, and 1 in 1200 among Africans.

Smile Train empowers local doctors in 85 developing countries to provide completely free cleft lip and palate repair surgery by training and funding them in their communities. The trained physicians then proceed to train other colleagues, creating a more long-term solution. Since 1999, Smile Train has performed this transformative service for more than one million children worldwide.

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Author: Bryce Neier

Attorney Bryce Neier practices through his private firm, The Law Office of Bryce D. Neier, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Focused on issues that strongly effect families, Neier has chosen to center his practice on complex divorce proceedings and child custody issues, and involves himself in many aspects of civil rights litigation. He regularly contributes his time to the Alliance Defense Fund to help protect concepts such as religious freedom and traditional family values. Neier brings real-world experience to the table outside of the legal field. Prior to attending law school, Bryce Neier, a nominee to the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended Stetson University on an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship. After receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance, Neier served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for five years. He received both an Army Achievement Medal and an Army Commendation Medal and attained the rank of Captain before leaving active duty to pursue a legal career. A member of the North Carolina State Bar, Neier completed his Juris Doctor through Campbell University School of Law in Buies Creek, North Carolina. With professional experience spanning two decades, Neier began his career during his final year of law school when he served as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the District of South Carolina. Upon the completion of his degree, he was appointed to an Assistant Public Defender position in the state of North Carolina. He later went on to practice as an Associate at the Law Office of H. Terry Hutchens; from there he went on to practice as a Partner at The Law Firm of Brown and Neier. Bryce Neier attends Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Neier also regularly contributes to multiple charities including the ChildFund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Smile Train Inc., an organization that helps to provide cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing countries.

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