The Appellate Civil Rights Clinic represents litigants and amici in appeals of civil rights claims in federal and state courts. Typical appeals include § 1983 cases arising from alleged police misconduct and unconstitutional prison conditions; cases alleging discrimination in employment and public accommodations; and cases alleging unlawful treatment stemming from protected First Amendment activity, poverty or socioeconomic status, and the exercise of other rights. Students will work together and handle all aspects of appellate representation, albeit with close faculty supervision, such as identifying potential appellate issues, mastering relevant portions of the lower court record, conducting legal research, drafting briefs, and presenting oral argument.
Martin J. Siegel, Appellate Civil Rights Clinic Director
The Civil Justice Clinic represents low income clients in a wide range of Texas civil litigation matters, including family, guardianship, probate, landlord/tenant, deceptive trade practices, real property, bankruptcy, and debt-collection. Representation will include court/trial appearances, mediation, negotiation, document drafting and case investigation.
Ryan Marquez, Civil Justice Clinic Direct
The Criminal Defense Clinic handles a select number of misdemeanor cases with a high probability of going to trial, such as assaults, thefts, driving while intoxicated and drug possession.
Erik Locascio, Adjunct Clinical Professor
Students in the Military Justice Clinic will be assigned to defense teams in military criminal justice cases pending adverse administrative board hearings and felony-level courts-martial. Student involvement, once assigned to a defense team, will begin with client intake and end upon adjudication of the case at administrative board, trial, or agreed upon alternate disposition with the government.
Clinic coursework will consist of a classroom component and a practical component.
Jason Marquez, Adjunct Clinical Professor
The Entertainment Law Clinic is an advanced entertainment law course for students seeking practical experience in transactional and administrative aspects of the entertainment industry. Students will represent creators, businesses, and non-profits in the music, film and television, dance, and art businesses with a focus on trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling, contract drafting and negotiation, and royalty stream creation and retention.
Justen S. Barks, Entertainment Law Clinic Director
The Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic provides students with the perspective of the business decision maker. Students assist small businesses and non-profit corporations with legal matters encountered on a daily basis, including negotiating lease agreements, selecting proper organizational structure, and developing employment policies.
Christopher Heard, ECD Clinic Director
The Immigration Clinic specializes in representing adult and juvenile immigrants from all parts of the world; asylum, human trafficking, SIJ/ Unaccompanied Minors, victims of crime, and domestic violence victims.
Teresa Pham Messer, Immigration Clinic Director
The Mediation Clinic provides trained student mediators to the civil justice courts in Harris County, the BBB, the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, and the EEOC. Students mediate consumer issues, landlord/tenant disputes, breach of contract cases, and Hague Convention (International Kidnapping) cases.
Tasha Willis, Mediation Clinic Director
Students must apply to the Clinic by submitting the online application. Students should not attempt to enroll themselves in these courses via PeopleSoft. If you're accepted, the Clinic Program Manager will enroll you via the Office of Student Affairs.
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JCAP’s mission is to reduce juvenile crime and delinquency and improve the long-term educational success rates and life outcomes for socially and economically disadvantaged juveniles. JCAP provides the following clinics:
Juvenile Representation – Dual-status youth (also often referred to as Crossover Youth) are juveniles who are involved in both the juvenile justice system as well as the child welfare system. Students will be trained to represent and advocate for juveniles who are in contact with two different legal systems. Students are assigned to delinquency cases for dual-status youth and will be responsible for handling all legal aspects of the delinquency case under the supervision of the supervising attorney. Students learn the law in a real-life context and develop professional and problem-solving skills. Students will be exposed to a wide range of cases, from misdemeanors to felonies, and will have the opportunity to investigate cases, interview witnesses, and prepare cases for trial, as well as learn how to seal juvenile records. To learn more about the Juvenile Representation Clinic, click here.
Katya Dow, Legal Programs Director
Education Rights Clinic – The Education Rights Clinic aims to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by which juveniles are pushed out of schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems by providing direct representation to public school students in school disciplinary proceedings. Law students in the Education Rights Clinic will have the opportunity to interview clients, investigate facts, create a case plan, conduct legal research, and represent clients directly in school disciplinary proceedings. Depending on the case, this may include a trial-like administrative proceeding in front of a school board with timed opening statements, responses to opposing counsel, and closing statements. To learn more about the Education Rights Clinic, click here
Christina Beeler, JCAP EJW Fellow
TIN, established at the Law Center in 2000, is the oldest innocence program in Texas, and has two divisions.
The Capital Division represents death-sentenced inmates at every stage of their state and federal habeas appeals. The capital division's work includes a substantial degree of so-called crisis litigation, which involves analyzing requests for assistance from inmates who have been denied relief in their habeas proceedings and for whom an execution date is imminent and, in appropriate circumstances, providing such inmates further representation. The Capital Division also provides research and investigative support for other attorneys representing Texas death row inmates.
Jeffrey R. Newberry, Clinical Supervising Attorney
The Non-Capital Division works to exonerate inmates who did not commit the crimes for which they were wrongfully-convicted. In order to fulfill its mission, the Non-Capital Division evaluates, investigates, and litigates only claims of actual innocence. The non-capital division also provides policy recommendations aimed at reducing the incidence of wrongful convictions.
Cassandra Jeu, Clinical Supervising Attorney and Director of TIN
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