Faculty Profile: Eliza T. Platts-Mills
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Eliza Platts-Mills joined the clinical faculty at the University of Texas School of Law in the fall of 2008, teaching in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. The Clinic provides transactional, business law services to small, low-income, for-profit and non-profit organizations in the Austin area. Through her Clinic work, Professor Platts-Mills provides legal assistance to a local, non-profit affordable housing developer, including helping to create the first Community Land Trust program in Texas, and a non-profit small dollar loan program that provides a more affordable alternative to payday loans.
Professor Platts-Mills received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard University. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, in her home town of Charlottesville, Virginia. She also holds an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating from law school in 1998, Professor Platts-Mills clerked for then Chief Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, in Dallas.
Professor Platts-Mills has worked in the fields of fair housing, affordable housing, and community development, as both a litigator and a transactional attorney. From 2001 to 2006, Professor Platts-Mills was Staff Attorney with the Fair Housing Project at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. In that position, she litigated a wide range of fair housing cases, addressing discrimination in housing on the basis of race, national origin, disability, and source of income. From 2006 to 2008, Professor Platts-Mills had a two-year clinical teaching fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center, where she made the transition from litigation to transactional law and also from private practice to clinical teaching. At Georgetown, Professor Platts-Mills taught in the Affordable Housing and Community Development Clinic, where she provided legal representation and development assistance to low-income tenant associations in D.C. in the purchase and renovation of their multi-family buildings and the conversion of those properties from rental to homeownership communities.