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National Pro Bono Week at UT Law: Spotlight on Jake Gilbreath, ’09

In recognition of National Pro Bono Week (October 23–29, 2011), the UT Law Pro Bono Program celebrates the pro bono efforts of members of the Law School community. Recently the Pro Bono Program spoke with Jake Gilbreath, a 2009 UT Law graduate and an attorney at Piper & Turner PLLC, about his pro bono work in family law.


William Wayne Justice Center to join the LBJ School of Public Affairs on contract for deed study in Texas colonias

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law is joining the LBJ School of Public Affairs to undertake a major study for the Texas Legislature on the use of contracts for deed in Texas colonias. The study will focus on title issues, variations of contracts for deed, and abuses during the sale of property in these communities. It will also examine wider issues of title irregularity as these emerge through informal land sales, subdivision, and intestate inheritance.


Supreme Court decides Switzer v. Skinner in favor of Capital Punishment Clinic client

The Supreme Court has issued its decision in Skinner v. Switzer in favor of Hank Skinner, who is represented by the Law School’s Capital Punishment Clinic.


Community Development Clinic Student Attorney Allison Schmitz consults with Ranch Vista residents during one of their weekly meetings.

Developing Community

UT Law’s Community Development Clinic has been helping residents of Rancho Vista, a small colonia outside San Marcos, secure title to their homes, set up a nonprofit corporation to aid with home repairs, and prepare legislation that would make it easier for them to qualify for a homestead exemption.


Transnational Worker Rights Clinic Files Lawsuits on Behalf of Austin Low-wage Workers

The Law School’s Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, in cooperation with Austin’s Equal Justice Center, is providing legal representation to twenty Austin-area workers who are filing two separate wage-theft law suits challenging their employers’ failure to pay them the wages they were owed.


Human Rights Clinic Releases Report on Impact of Dam Construction on Indigenous Group

A report researched and written by faculty and students in the Law School’s Human Rights Clinic details the struggles of Costa Rica’s indigenous Teribe tribe in the face of a proposed dam on the Terraba River, which threatens to flood their lands.


Capital Punishment Clinic Director Rob Owen appears before U.S. Supreme Court for Skinner v. Switzer

Clinical Professor Rob Owen, director of the the University of Texas School of Law’s Capital Punishment Clinic, will argue before the the Supreme Court of the United States today, Oct. 13, 2010.


National Security Clinic wins D.C. Circuit appeal, Guantánamo detainee’s habeas case goes forward

On June 18, 2010, the National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law won an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which allows a Clinic client’s habeas case to go forward in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He can now challenge his detention at the Guantánamo Bay facility.


Video: Clinical Professor Denise Gilman discusses myths about U.S. immigration policy, on UT’s Know online magazine

Online video of Denise Gilman, clinical professor from the Law School’s Immigration Clinic, discussing the myths and truths behind the United States’s immigration policy.


Capital Punishment Clinic heads back to U.S. Supreme Court for the fourth time in four years

The Supreme Court of the United States agreed on Monday, May 24, 2010, to resolve an important dispute among the lower federal courts over the reach of a federal civil rights statute in a DNA evidence case brought by Texas death row prisoner Hank Skinner. This marks the fourth time in as many years that the Supreme Court has granted plenary review in a case in which the Capital Punishment Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law is serving as counsel to a condemned prisoner.