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.