Tag: Housing Clinic

Leslie Montalvo Leslie Montalvo

The Housing Clinic is an incredible opportunity to practice law, but more importantly, it is a chance to help people in a meaningful way. I was able to speak to clients directly, draft documents, negotiate on their behalf, and represent them in court. Even though I did not want to practice litigation, the experience of […]

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ian Petersen Ian Petersen

I highly recommend the Housing Clinic for three reasons. First, the Housing Clinic allows students to practice real-life lawyering skills that are rarely taught in the classroom. For example, rather than requiring formal litigation, the legal challenges presented by many Clinic clients can be resolved through effective communication with the client’s landlord–a crucial ability for […]

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Student convinces landlord not to proceed with eviction

This is an eviction from federally subsidized housing of single client with a young child.  The client works at a low-wage job.  The basis for the eviction is the arrest on the premises of a former boyfriend for marijuana possession.  At the time of his arrest, the client had already discontinued the relationship and, in […]

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Housing clinic student avoids eviction of client due to foreclosure

This client sought our help after she received notice to vacate her home following a foreclosure.  She was the former homeowner.  She claimed that she had continued to make payments on the first lien note and did not understand how her home could have been foreclosed for failure to pay on a second lien note.  […]

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Student’s research allows displaced client to renew lease

This was a non-renewal of tenancy of a forty-eight year old client with multiple sclerosis.  She had relocated to Austin after being displaced by the Bastrop fires.  She moved into an apartment complex built with City bond money.  Following an incident at the premises in which her car was vandalized, management claimed she had been […]

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Student finds failure with local housing authority, saves client from eviction

This was a public housing eviction of  a client with five children for “repeated late payment of rent.”   The lease defines “repeated late payment” as paying after the fifth day of the month four times during any twelve-month period. The client works at a low-paying job.  The client had clearly violated the lease provision.  But […]

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Housing Clinic student takes landlord to court; motion for continuance

There was an eviction of a thirty-two year old single client and her young daughter from a federally subsidized apartment complex.  This client was served with a notice of lease termination after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault of a former roommate.  Notwithstanding the guilty plea, the client has a plausible self-defense argument and […]

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Student successfully argues for client’s tenancy

There was a threatened eviction of a client with three young children renting an apartment in federally subsidized housing in which her rent is limited to thirty percent of her monthly adjust income.  The client had been arrested on a felony assault charge prior to signing her initial lease for which she received community supervision. […]

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Michelle Rojas

I so enjoyed the Housing Clinic, and the biggest lesson I learned was that of client advocacy. It wasn’t that I had some specialized knowledge about housing law; I simply gave my client five minutes that no one else would give them.  It just took five minutes to speak to clients and hear their story […]

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Lia Davis

Beyond the great work I got to do in the Clinic, the opportunity to work with Fred Fuchs was truly a life-changing experience.  Fred is an incredible role model for aspiring attorneys.  Not only is he among the most knowledgeable housing attorneys in the country, he is a meticulous and deeply ethical attorney.  Fred does […]

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