** This course meets the Professional Skills requirement for graduation.
Students must register for both 397C and 397D for a total of 6 hrs.
In this clinic, students will work to improve environmental quality and protect the public health of low-income communities in Texas. The clinic's projects are varied and have involved work in federal and state court, before administrative agencies, and with elected officials. Past projects have included: helping communities obtain quality water and wastewater systems, preparing Clean Air Act citizen suits against a Houston petrochemical plants, and representing a low-income community in a challenge to a power plant air permit.
Students perform a variety of tasks, such as: (1) consulting with and counseling clients; (2) researching and preparing letters, legal memoranda, discovery responses, written testimony and other documents; (3) meeting with public and private officials; (4) organizing, participating in, and/or attending public meetings; and (5) assisting in contested, trial-type permit proceedings. Clinic students will work closely with the professor and local and national attorneys, community leaders, government officials, and elected officials to provide needed legal services.
Clinical students must complete and document twelve to fifteen hours of clinical work per week during the semester, in addition to class meeting time. The clinic will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
The clinic will meet for two hours per week. There is no prerequisite for the clinic.
In addition to selecting the Clinic during Early Registration, students must fill out a short application