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Former Mediation Clinic and Texas Consumer Complaint Center student Alicia Patterson 3L assertively
approached the clinic in early summer with a bold idea – she wanted to enliven the clinic’s reception area.
The clinic entrance is a waiting area, a library, a playground, and most notably, where student attorneys meet
their clients face to face for the first time. Knowing this, Patterson met with Clinic Director Janet Heppard with
a design concept to update the seating area for children, organize toys, and showcase children’s books on wall
Patterson donated the wall art and shelves, new children play table with chairs, and a storage bench that serves
as additional seating for older children to the Clinic. Patterson, who spent a day sorting and cleaning every toy
and book for the area, handpicked, and assembled the new furniture herself.
The addition of a new glass panel front door and automatic door control button has made the clinic even more
accessible to disabled clients and students.
“I love it! Ms. Patterson did a great job remodeling the clinics’ waiting area. The automatic door opener is a
great asset to our office because of the need of some of our students and clients,” said Elsa Ramirez, Legal
Secretary in the Clinics.


The UH Law Center Externship Program website has undergone an intensive renovation intended to aid
students earn academic credit for their work with a nonprofit organization, a government agency, or a member
of the judiciary. Students find the website easier to navigate, have access to guides that help them apply for
placements and can see where other students have externed in past semesters.
To visit the program’s new website, visit

                                                                         Alicia Patterson

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