2018 Archive

Challenging Police Misconduct

The Clinic is co-counseling with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and The Law Office of Javier Maldonado P.C. to represent a father, daughter and friend who were falsely arrested and subjected to excessive force during a warrantless entry by police into their San Antonio home. Plaintiffs bring claims of false arrest and excessive force in […]

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Challenging Jail Mistreatment

The Clinic is co-counseling with Brian McGiverin of Deitz, Lawrence and McGiverin to represent the adult children of Robert Mosley, who died of internal bleeding after a hip fracture suffered while in custody at Bexar County Jail. Plaintiffs bring claims of inadequate medical treatment, as well as a claim of discrimination under the Americans with […]

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“I was treated like an animal” Abuses Against African Detainees at the West Texas Detention Facility

This report is prepared on behalf of approximately 80 African immigrants who were held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the West Texas Detention Facility (WTDF) in Sierra Blanca, Texas, from approximately February 23, 2018, to March 2, 2018. The WTDF is a large detention facility currently operated under a federal government contract with LaSalle […]

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Payne Keinarth

My time in the clinic was an incredible experience. I was able to learn how to do research in new areas of law, sharpen my writing skills, and contribute in a meaningful way to helping our clients. I would absolutely recommend participating in the Environmental Clinic.

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Audrey Elise Doane

The Environmental Clinic was a highlight of my law school experience. My partner and I worked on a civil rights complaint about air pollution. I loved talking to residents who were directly impacted by pollution and working to address their concerns. Participating in a project that had a real world resolution, and receiving advice from […]

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Opposing permit for new liquefied natural gas plant along the Lower Laguna Madre

The Clinic is co-counseling with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to represent Vecinos Para el Bienestar de la Comunidad Costera and the Fishers and Shrimper of the RGV.  The new liquefied natural gas facility would result in frequent closures of the Brownsville ship channel limiting clients’ access to their boats, would significantly increase air pollution, and […]

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Challenging environmental civil rights violations in Beaumont

The Clinic worked with Earthjustice and the Yale Environmental Justice Clinic to require the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to a civil rights complaint filed over a decade ago by Sierra Club and a Beaumont pastor.  The complaint alleged that issuance of a permit to allow increased air emissions in the Charlton-Pollard neighborhood, where pollution […]

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Filing Fifth Circuit amicus brief supporting Clean Air Act citizen suit enforcement

The Clinic is co-counseling with Earthjustice on the brief on behalf of the City of Houston, the Harris County District Attorney’s office, and Air Alliance Houston.  The brief supports the district court’s finding of violations and penalty assessment in an enforcement action for illegal air emissions, including emissions of hazardous air pollutants, at a Houston […]

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