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Heather K. Way

  • Clinical Professor;
  • Director - Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic


  • JD University of Texas at Austin
  • BA University of Texas at Austin
  • BJ University of Texas at Austin

Heather K. Way directs the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Way has been a practitioner in the field of community development and affordable housing law since 1997. Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, she was the founder and Director of Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources, which provides legal education and pro bono legal assistance to nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Way was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at Legal Aid of Central Texas working in the field of affordable housing and community development.

Way frequently lectures on topics in the fields of affordable housing, nonprofit organizations, and community development. Her work focuses on analyzing and developing laws and public policies that promote the creation of equitable and sustainable communities, including: problem properties, land title issues in low-income communities, land banks, housing preservation, transit-oriented development, and inclusionary housing.

Way is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas award from the State Bar of Texas and has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the Texas Lawyer. She was recently recognized as an Austin Affordable Housing Hero by Interfaith Action of Central Texas. She is also the recipient of the outstanding "Houser" award by the Texas Low Income Housing Information Services and the Community Champion Award by the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations.

Recent Publications

  • Contracts for Deed: Charting Risks and New Paths for Advocacy, 23 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development 37 (2014) (with Lucy Wood).
  • Contracts for Deed: Charting Risks and New Paths for Advocacy, 47 Clearinghouse Review 286 (2013) (with Lucy Wood).
  • Homeownership Without a Net, Shelterforce, Spring 2013 (with Lucy Wood). <>

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Heather K. Way

Work (512) 232-1210

Fax (512) 232-2311

Office: CCJ 1.304
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

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Fernando Castillo

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