2016 Archive

New Report Sheds Light on Texas Jail Deaths Linked to Mental Illness, Calls for Reforms

PRESS RELEASE, November 15, 2016 Media Contact: Ranjana Natarajan, Director, Civil Rights Clinic, University of Texas School of Law, rnatarajan@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-7222 (work) Subject Area Experts: Diana Claitor, Texas Jail Project, 512-983-3446. Dr. Lynda Frost, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 512-232-6287. Greg Hansch, National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas, 908-229-7082. Kathryn Lewis, Disability Rights Texas, 512-970-5451. AUSTIN, […]

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2016 Texas Houser Awards honors Professor Kelly Haragan, Erin Gaines ’13, and the Citizens Alliance for Fairness and Progress

We are pleased to announce that the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service has named Kelly Haragan (Director of the Environmental Clinic), Erin Gaines ’13 (attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Attorney), and the Citizens Alliance for Fairness and Progress as co-recipients of one of this year’s Texas Houser Awards for their groundbreaking work together […]

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Special Education in Adult Jails

The Clinic is partnering with Disability Rights Texas to investigate whether school districts and county jails are carrying out their obligations to provide special education services to young people aged 18-21 who are in county jails and are eligible for such services. We are doing legal and factual research, with the goal of producing something […]

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Challenging Excessive Force in Schools

The Clinic is co-counseling with the law firm of Akin Gump to represent four school-aged young men who were subject to excessive use of force by a school resource officer in their Abilene public school. Through their parents as next friends, the children are bringing claims for excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment, […]

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Challenging Police Misconduct

The Clinic is co-counseling with the Law Office of Don Tittle, P.C. to represent a Dallas area resident who was falsely arrested and charged with capital murder, for a crime he did not commit, based on a faulty phone line-up that violated the Dallas Police Department’s internal policies. After he spent seventeen days in jail, […]

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Preventing Suicides in Texas County Jails

The Clinic is co-counseling with the Texas Civil Rights Project to represent the parents and estate of Amber May, a 35-year old Texas mother of two who died after hanging herself in the Ochiltree County Jail in north Texas. The lawsuit brining claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act is filed in federal court in […]

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Argentina: the Right to Unionize

The Human Rights Clinic partnered with the Public Interest Clinic at University of Palermo Law School to advocate on behalf of prison guards who want to form a union in the province of Córdoba.  Such guards have petitioned the Inter-American Commission about their grievances. During the spring semester of 2016 Clinic students traveled to Washington DC to appear […]

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