Assistant Clinical Professor Lawyering Skills and Strategies
Professor Alissa Rubin Gomez teaches Lawyering Skills and Strategies at the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty in 2017, Professor Gomez served for six years as the Executive Director of Houston Volunteer Lawyers, the non-profit legal aid arm of the Houston Bar Association. Under her leadership, Houston Volunteer Lawyers achieved a pro bono case placement rate of 98 percent, grew to a full-time staff of 30 including 14 staff attorneys, and launched innovative programming such as the Texas Children's Medical-Legal Partnership. Houston Volunteer Lawyers received the State Bar's Pro Bono Award in 2014.
From 2002 to 2011, Professor Gomez was a commercial litigation associate and then partner in the Houston office of King & Spalding LLP. In private practice, Professor Gomez focused on matters involving trade secrets, employee non-competes and employment discrimination, breach of contract and commercial torts, oil and gas, healthcare, and franchise/distributor relationships. Professor Gomez was the first woman associate elected partner from within the Houston office of King & Spalding, and Texas Monthly named her a “Rising Star” in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2017, the Houston Association of Women Attorneys honored Professor Gomez with its Premier Women in Law award.
Professor Gomez's research focuses on legal writing, pro bono, and civil justice reform. Her recent works include:
- “Learning to Love Pro Bono: A Recipe for Engaging Law Students,” accepted for publication in the Fall 2019 edition of The Second Draft (May 2019)
- Presented “Reaching Them Early: Teaching Gen Z Legal Analysis & Writing in Pipeline Programs” at LWI One-Day Workshop, Chapman University Fowler School of Law (November 2018)
- Presented “Distributing Justice in the Digital Age: The Effect of Technology on Pro Bono Service, and What Law Schools Can Do About It” at the Society of Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference, Penn State Law (October 2018)
- Presented “After the Storm: Caring for Students During and After a Natural Disaster” at the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (March 2018)
- Presented “Integrating a Culture of Pro Bono into the Classroom” at LWI One-Day Workshop, University of Houston (December 2017)
- Guest on Briefcase Radio to discuss “Pro Bono for Civil Cases” (aired October 4, 2017)
Professor Gomez received her B.A. from the University of Texas in sociology in 1998, graduating with Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002, graduating with Honors as a Chancellor and Order of the Coif.