207 Krost Hall
Legal Clinic Supervisor
Jeff Newberry graduated from West Texas A&M in 2002, majoring in Political Science. Jeff began his public interest work teaching Social Studies to middle and high school students in the Latexo and Princeton school districts. He eventually enrolled at the University of Houston Law Center to pursue a career in criminal law. As a student, Jeff joined UHLC’s Interscholastic Mock Trial Team and enrolled in Innocence Investigations to further this goal. As part of his work with Professor David R. Dow, Jeff took on an important role in investigating a claim in a death row case where a client was scheduled to be executed and in helping draft the client’s clemency petition. This life-changing experience led Jeff to specialize in death penalty appellate law. Jeff received a UHLC Public Interest Fellowship after graduating in 2010, and worked for the Texas Innocence Network. Jeff eventually accepted a full-time position with the Texas Defender Service, but decided to return to UHLC in November 2011 as a Clinical Supervisor. As such, Jeff came full-circle and melded his teaching and legal careers. Jeff actively represents Texas Death Row inmates, specializing in Federal Habeas defense. Jeff also supervises law students in Death Penalty Clinic, where he teaches them to research and investigate death penalty claims. Jeff is licensed in the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.