March 24, 2015 – The University of Houston Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) has named Assistant Clinical Professor Janet B. Beck of the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic as the winner of the 2015 WGRC Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in the clinical faculty category.
The award recognizes Beck’s efforts on behalf of women in need and her commitment to gender equality.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” said Beck, a supervising attorney at the clinic. “I have represented women in immigration law throughout my career, but the UHLC Immigration Clinic has given me the unique opportunity to supervise law students in their representation of women, from all over the world, against whom horrible atrocities have been committed solely on account of their gender.
“In addition, I have had the opportunity to supervise law students in their representation of transgender and gay clients who have been persecuted in their native countries solely on account of their gender identity,” Beck said.
Beck will be honored by WGRC at a luncheon in April. The award carries a $1,000 prize.
“I can think of no greater privilege than to be able to represent these individuals and teach law students about these issues.”
Beck was nominated for the award by Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the clinic through which faculty, students, and staff represent indigent clients on a wide range of immigration issues from asylum and deportation to domestic violence and human trafficking.
A native New Yorker and Peace Corps veteran, Beck has practiced immigration law with non-profits, law firms, and in private practice since earning her J.D. at the UH law school in 1986. She joined the Law Center immigration clinic full-time in 2009.
In announcing the award, Professor Aimee Chin, chairwoman of the WGRC Awards Review Committee, wrote: “Through your service, teaching and research activities, you have helped women and worked toward gender equity. Your work at the UHLC Immigration Clinic has contributed to improving clients’ lives as well as developing law students who are more aware about issues of gender and better prepared to represent clients who are victimized on account of their gender.”