2015 Archive

Preventing Deaths in Texas County Jails

The Clinic is partnering with the Texas Jails Project to investigate and report on legislative and policy measures that can be taken to prevent deaths of inmates in Texas county jails. It is estimated that one-fifth to one-third of jail inmates, who are 60% pretrial detainees, cope with mental illness or mental health disorders. Our […]

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Caitlin Chambers

Being a student attorney in the Children’s Rights Clinic is the most rewarding experience I have had at UT Law. Every day we are able to work with children who need our help and are guided by the most amazing supervising attorneys. I am confident that through my work with the Children’s Rights Clinic, I […]

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Challenging Police Misconduct

The Clinic is co-counseling with Javier Maldonado, P.C., to represent a Round Rock resident who was subject to a violent take-down and repeated hits by a TASER (electronic stun gun) during a police investigation of a neighborhood disturbance. After the man complained to the police about his treatment, the police re-opened his closed case and […]

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Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

Along with Texas Appleseed, the Clinic is investigating the school discipline policies and practices of Austin-area school districts, to determine how and why districts unfairly cast out public school students and deny them meaningful instructional time and opportunities to graduate and for higher education. We are investigating policies on school suspension, explusion, and alternative education […]

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Rebekah Sills

Along with being the most rewarding activity I did in law school, the Children’s Rights Clinic is hands down the most substantive activity as well. Leslie and Lori (along with Judge) allow you the independence to learn on your feet, while still providing the security of their knowledge and support along the way. This was […]

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Advocates press for release of immigrant families

The Immigration and Civil Rights clinical professors joined dozens of attorneys, academics and legal professionals together with immigration advocacy organizations to call for the end to family detention practices in a letter to President Barack Obama and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.  The letter specifically seeks the immediate release of the refugee […]

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Small Dollar Lending Program

The Clinic has worked with Texas Community Capital for several years, assisting with the organization’s statewide expansion of the Community Loan Center’s Affordable Small Dollar Loans Program. The Small Dollar Loans Program is an innovative, employer-based, lending program that provides individuals with low-interest loans of up to $1,000, repayable over a one-year term, as an […]

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