2015 Archive

Report: Addressing Dangerous Rental Properties in Austin (Spring and Summer 2015)

The Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic has published the report, “An Analysis of Austin’s Repeat Offender Program and Efforts to Address Dangerous Rental Properties.” The report finds major flaws with the City of Austin’s policies for addressing hazardous building conditions at older rental properties. The report, prepared by students and faculty, expands on the Clinic’s prior […]

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Texas Prisoners’ Exposure to Extreme Heat

From May 2014 to July 2015, the Clinic were co-counsel, along with attorneys at the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Edwards Law firm, to represent Texas prisoners at the Wallace Pack Unit in class-action litigation challenging their exposure to extreme heat and humidity in inmate housing during the summer months. The plaintiffs are suing […]

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Ending Immigrant Family Detention: Litigation

From January to July 2015, the Clinic partnered with the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, as well as other counsel, to represent a class of plaintiffs in nationwide class-action litigation regarding the rights of children in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security. Following DHS’s expanded practice of detaining immigrant families of […]

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Habeas Challenges for Detained Asylum-Seekers

In 2014-2015, the Clinic represented, along with local immigration attorneys, three different women who were detained along with their children in federal immigration detention facilities. In each case, the Clinic brought Constitutional Due Process and statutory claims challenging the continued detention of the mothers and their children for several weeks or months. These families were […]

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USA: Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons

Since 2007, at least fourteen inmates incarcerated in various TDCJ facilities across the state of Texas have died from extreme heat exposure while imprisoned. TDCJ inmates and many TDCJ personnel are exposed to dangerously high heat levels on a regular basis. This practice violates individuals’ human rights, particularly the rights to health, life, physical integrity, […]

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