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Heather Way

On February 6, 2013, the UT Athletics Academic Accolades Program recognized the work of (left to right) Law School clinical faculty Heather Way, Jeana Lungwitz, Barbara Hines, and Ariel Dulitzky. Also recognized were Dr. Lynn Rew of the UT-Austin School of Nursing (second from right), standing with her family and UT Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky (far right).

Law School clinics’ work recognized at halftime of UT Women’s Basketball game

The Law School’s clinics were honored February 6, 2013, during the halftime of the University of Texas at Austin Women’s Basketball team’s game against Iowa State University.


Colonias Contracts

Faculty, fellows, and students conduct study on informal housing settlements in Texas.


Community Development Clinic releases report recommending new approaches to assist tenants displaced by apartment redevelopment in Austin, will host panel discussion on October 26, 2012

The Community Development Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law has released a report examining the City of Austin’s ad hoc policy for dealing with tenant displacement issues in conjunction with the demolition of an apartment complex on East Riverside Drive last year that displaced more than five hundred low-income tenants. In order to better protect tenants who are displaced from future apartment demolitions, the report recommends the adoption of a uniform citywide tenant relocation ordinance with stronger enforcement mechanisms.


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Austin American-Statesman reports on work by Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center and LBJ School on “contracts for deed” in Texas

The work of Community Development Clinic Director Heather Way and Lucille Wood, a Research Fellow in the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, was featured in a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman. The article examines the recent release of a report, coauthored by Way and Wood with Professor Peter Ward, C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations and Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, examining the use and prevalence of “contracts for deed”—informal transactions for property that often have interest rates of as high as twenty percent—in Texas from 1989 to 2010.


56 students devote final week of winter break to pro bono work

Students and faculty members from the University of Texas at Austin will will fan out across the U.S.-Mexico border region during the second week in January to volunteer on a range of law-related projects, providing over 2,000 legal service hours for multiple organizations.


Justice Center sponsors conference to explore best practices for connecting affordable homes and public transit in the Austin area, October 21, 2011

“Housing + Transit: Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region,” a conference cosponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, will take place on Friday, October 21, 2011. The conference will address strategies to link housing and transportation, ensuring equal access to both for people of all income levels.


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.