JANET HEPPARD is Clinic Director and Associate Clinical Professor. She received a B.S. in Geology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and worked as a geophysicist for eight years at British Petroleum /Amoco before returning to school at the University of Houston to attain a J.D./MBA degree.
As a law student, Professor Heppard was a recipient of the Simon Frank Scholarship and received honors in legal writing. After working both for a solo practitioner and as a volunteer attorney in the Civil Clinic, Professor Heppard was hired as a supervising attorney in the Civil Clinic in 1995. Professor Heppard also teaches a course on domestic violence.
JANET B. BECK is Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor and has been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1995 and has been practicing immigration law since 1987.
Prof. Beck was the attorney on the Board of Immigration Appeals precedent decision Matter of M-A-M. She is co-author of the American Immigration Council Practice Advisory “Representing Clients with Mental Competen-cy Issues under Matter of M-A-M.” (Nov. 2011) Prof. Beck is also the author of an article on immigration issues published in The Houston Lawyer (2009), the journal of the Houston Bar Association.
In May 2012 Prof. Beck received The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. award For Outstanding Pro Bono Work and Advocacy on Behalf of Immigrants for the appeals she has done. Professor Beck is the Vice-President of Refugee & Asylum Issues for the Immigration and Nationality Section of the State Bar of Texas for the year 2012-2013. She has been Section Chair and Vice-President of the Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Prof. Beck has spoken on immigration issues at AILA national and chapter conferences, University of Texas immigration conferences, as well as at meetings of the Houston Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys-Houston. She also presented a webinar for the Center for Survivors of Torture in 2012 and was participating faculty at a conference of the Center for Survivors of Torture in July 2011.
Prof. Beck received a B.A. from New York University, an M.S.W. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Houston. Prof. Beck served as a Peace Corps volunteer for 3 years in Colombia, South America and is fluent in Spanish.
ERMA BONADERO is an Associate Research Professor and the Director of the Judicial Internship/Externship Program. In this capacity, she oversees her upper-level students’ field placements which occur in judicial chambers, as well as in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. In her courses, Prof. Bonadero guides students through their workplace experience via classroom discussion, reflective writings, presentations, field trips, and with featured guest speakers from the local legal community.
Professor Bonadero acquired her undergraduate degree from Texas State University (cum laude), and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where she was a research editor of the Houston Law Review. During her final semester she served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Judge Edith R. Jones of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which she considers the highlight of her law school career.
Upon law school graduation, Prof. Bonadero worked as a civil litigator in the Houston office of an international law firm. She later served as an Assistant Harris County Attorney in the Children’s Protective Division, handling cases of alleged child abuse and neglect. Through the UHLC’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, Prof. Bonadero became a trained mediator and earned her certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills.
Recently, Prof. Bonadero was chosen as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation – the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country – an honor shared by just one-third of one percent of attorneys in the state. She was thrilled to have been nominated for inclusion in this premier organization by one of her externship students’ field placement supervisor. Prof. Bonadero serves as a director-at-large for the Texas State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, is on the Law Advisory Board of Children at Risk, and is a supporter of the STAR Drug Court Program of Harris County, Texas.
GEOFFREY A. HOFFMAN is Immigration Clinic Director and Associate Clinical Professor. He received an A.B. Columbia University (magna cum laude); J.D. Tulane Law School (cum laude), LL.M. Harvard Law School.
Prior to joining the Clinic, he practiced immigration law in Miami, Florida at Kurzban Kurzban Weinger & Tetzeli, P.A. Previously, Professor Hoffman was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, held the Forrester Fellowship at Tulane Law School where he taught for one year and was a Lecturer at the University of Miami for two years. In addition to his practice and teaching experience, Professor Hoffman was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Paul V. Gadola, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for a two-year term 1998-2000.
Professor Hoffman has published several articles, most recently, “The War on Terror as a Metaphor for Immigration Regulation,” appearing in the University of Iowa’s Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Vol. 15, no. 3, coauthored with Susham Modi in 2012. In addition, Professor Hoffman’s article, “Immigration Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support) and Efforts to Collect Damages as Support Obligations Against Divorced Spouses—What Practitioners Need to Know” appeared in the Florida Bar Journal in 2009. He has also published articles on international law, international human rights, and racial profiling in the Nova Law Review and Dalhousie Law Review as well as in the Loyola Journal of International and Comparative Law and the New York Law Journal. Professor Hoffman is a member of AILA, a member of the Supreme Court bar, the Michigan and Florida bars, and is admitted to practice in various federal courts of appeals and federal district courts.
KAFAH BACHARI is Assistant Clinical Professor, a writer and an attorney. She graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 2004 and practiced corporate law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, AIG Investments, Inc., and Schlumberger Technology Corporation before taking time off to pursue a writing career.
Professor Bachari looks forward to facilitating the development of the practical skills necessary for student attorneys to become ethical, intelligent, and effective transactional attorneys. To that end, she requires the utmost energy, enthusiasm, and attention to detail from students wishing to participate in her class. Also, she hates typos and she expects good writing.
RICK MCELVANEY, Associate Clinical Professor, is the supervisor of the Consumer Law Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center and the Program Director of the Center for Consumer Law.
A practicing legal aid attorney for 20 years at Gulf Coast Legal Foundation and Lone Star Legal Aid in the areas of housing, consumer, and bankruptcy law, he is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas, the U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeal – Fifth Circuit, and the United State Supreme Court, and board certified in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
In addition, Professor McElvaney has served as Chair of the State Bar of Texas – Consumer & Commercial Law Section and is the co-author of O’Connor’s Property Code Plus. He received the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity – Hickman Chapter Outstanding Alumnus in 2004 and the Order of the Barons’ Professor of the Year Award in 2009. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. Courses he teaches include the Consumer Law Clinic, Landlord and Tenant, Law Practice Strategies, Poverty Law Practices, and Texas Procedure.
SUSHAM MODI is currently a Clinical Supervising Attorney at the UH Law Center’s Immigration Clinic. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Arlington and a J.D. from Penn State. As a law student at Penn State, he was active in Penn State’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights clinic and worked on complex immigration matters at Holland & Knight’s Community Services Team.
He is the recipient of The D. Arthur Magaziner Human Services Award, the Miller Center Public Interest Certification, was named the Public Interest Law Fund Fellowship Chair, and assisted with coaching various mock trial and moot court competitions.
Immediately prior to joining the University of Houston, he worked as an Advocate/Attorney at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. At Harvard, he worked on asylum, CAT, withholding of removal and U visa cases, supervised law students in the creation of “know-your-rights” presentation materials for undocumented students, assisted with a Second Circuit amici curiae brief and assisted in preparing classroom materials and trainings to law students enrolled in Harvard’s seminar course of Immigration and Refugee Advocacy.
Professor Modi is scheduled to co-teach Asylum/ Refugee Law in Spring 2013.
BARBARA STALDER, is a 2000 honors graduate from the University of Houston, with a B.A. in history. Professor Stalder is also a 2003 alumnus of the Law Center. During law school, Professor Stalder participated in various organizations including the Public Interest Law Organization, Moot Court Team, Tropical Storm Allison Disaster Recovery Team and Chief Prosecutor for the Honor Court.
Professor Stalder received numerous awards for her Law Center public service including the Distinguished Service Award. Upon graduation, she was a recipient of an Equal Justice Works post graduate fellowship whereby she created a nonprofit organization that focused on representing abused and neglected children. In 2004 Professor Stalder received the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association Rising Star Award and in 2005 received the TYLA President’s Award of Merit for her work on the publication “What to Expect in Family Court.”
Immediately prior to joining the civil practice clinic, Professor Stalder worked as an attorney for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) providing direct legal services to victims of domestic violence. Professor Stalder is married to her husband Fred, has three spoiled animal children named, Kanie, K.C. and Tag and loves professional football, especially her hometown team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
TASHA WILLIS is ADR Director and Visiting Assistant Professor supervises the UH Mediation Clinic (B.A. University of St. Thomas, J.D. South Texas College of Law). Professor Willis specializes in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2010, she was appointed to the Board of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and currently serves as the secretary to the board.
Prior to joining the Clinic, she served for the Honorable Frank G. Evans in the Frank Evan’s Center for Conflict Resolution at South Texas College of Law where she developed an international mediation externship program in Guyana, Jamaica and Panama. She has also conducted mediation training courses in China, Guyana, Jamaica and Panama. In addition to that she served as an arbitrator for City of Houston Affirmative Action Compliance Program and hosted the American Bar Association Regional Client Counseling, Mediation and Negotiation Competitions. Previously, Professor Willis was the Executive Director for Resolution Forum, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, which provided pro-bono and sliding scale alternative dispute resolution services, taught basic and advanced alternative dispute resolution training and hosted five Annual Institutes for Responsibility Dispute Resolution.
In addition to her teaching experience, Professor Willis has been speaker and panelist for a number of conflict and dispute resolution workshops such as the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, 3rd and 4th Caribbean Conference on Dispute Resolution and the Vera Institute for Justice. She also served as Law Clerk for the Honorable John A. Coselli, Jr. in the 125th Civil District Court in Houston, Texas for four years.
JILL CAMPBELL is currently a Clinical Supervising Attorney at the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic. In this capacity, she is responsible for supervising immigration clinic students working on various pro bono immigration cases, which include cases involving immigrants who are victims of crimes, immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, and asylum cases.
Professor Campbell has conducted various outreach programs throughout the Houston area on the subject of immigrant victims of crime and human trafficking, including training programs with women’s crisis centers, law enforcement agencies, and victims’ services organizations. Professor Campbell also provides direct pro bono legal representation to immigrant victims of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking under a grant from the Office of the Attorney General Crime Victims Services Division.
Professor Campbell graduated with honors from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida with a B.A. in Latin American Studies, and received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas where she worked as a student attorney in the University of Texas Immigration Clinic.