The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Janet  Beck

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Janet Beck

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

JANET B. BECK 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.  She is currently Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, supervising law students in the Immigration Clinic. She has taught Family Immigration Law, Immigration and Family Law as well as Immigration Law and Business in addition to her Clinic responsibilities.

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 Competency Issues under Matter of M-A-M." (Nov. 2011)  Prof. Beck is also the author of four articles on immigration issues published in The Houston Lawyer (2), The Texas Bar Journal and Texas Lawyer.

Prof. Beck was the recipient of the University of Houston Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, Clinical Instructional and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. Pro Bono award. Prof. Beck has been an AILA Section Chair and Vice-President of the AILA Texas Chapter and has served as the Vice-President of Asylum and Refugee Issues for the Immigration and Nationality Section of the State Bar of Texas. She served on the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Examination Committee for four years.

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. She has spoken at American Immigration Lawyer Association (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 and the Harris County Public Defender's Office.  She has presented webinars organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and the Center for Survivors of Torture.  She has made numerous presentations to community and religious organizations on immigration issues.

Prof. Beck served as a Peace Corps volunteer for 3 years in Colombia, South America and is fluent in Spanish.