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                  Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Immigration Clinic

The University of Houston Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) has named Visiting Assistant
Clinical Professor Janet B. Beck of the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic as the winner of the 2015 WGRC
Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in the clinical faculty category. The award recognizes Beck’s
efforts on behalf of women in need and her commitment to gender equality. “I am deeply honored to
receive this award,” said Beck, a supervising attorney at the clinic.

Beck will be honored by WGRC at a luncheon in April. The award carries a $1,000 prize. In announcing
the award, Professor Aimee Chin, chairwoman of the WGRC Awards Review Committee, wrote:
“Through your service, teaching and research activities, you have helped women and worked toward
gender equity. Your work at the UHLC Immigration Clinic has contributed to improving clients’ lives as
well as developing law students who are more aware about issues of gender and better prepared to
represent clients who are victimized on account of their gender.”


The Clinical faculty and student attorneys are supported by talented staff members, Program Manager
Thelma Baines and Legal Secretaries Elsa Ramirez and Brisa Gossett. Baines, who has been with the
Clinic for over 10 years oversees the Clinic’s student programs and grant applications. Ramirez, who
previously worked at Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA), serves as the Clinic’s liaison between
clinic student attorneys and clinic clients. Gossett, a graduate of the C. T. Bauer College of Business
and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston, promotes the clinical
programs through various marketing campaigns.

A group of volunteer interpreters allow the Clinics to serve limited English proficiency clients by
translating legal documents, interpreting client meetings, mock USCIS interviews, home visits, and civil
court proceedings. This semester LLM student Norma Johnson and UH undergraduate students Maria
Brera-Diaz, Katia Carmona and Karla Perez support the Clinic. Perez, who has been a volunteer
interpreter for the clinic since 2013, has been accepted to the UH Law Center. Perez will receive a
B.B.A. in Marketing from the C.T. Bauer College of Business and a minor in Mexican American Studies
from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston in May, 2015.

Janet Beck                                        Thelma Baines Elsa Ramirez Brisa Gossett

            In 2014, UH Immigration Clinic
            professors participated in over
            50 CLE trainings and communi-
            ty outreaches, serving over
            3,000 people.

            For more information, visit

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