Faculty Profile: Lucille D Wood
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Professor Wood teaches in the fields of disability law and nonprofit law. She is the founder and director of the INCLUDE Disability Law Project at Texas Law, which allows students interested in disability law to build practical lawyering skills through the provision of direct legal services to persons with disability and their families. Under her supervision, students work on disability-related policy advocacy projects, special education cases, Medicaid appeals, and parent education workshops.
Wood was voted Professor of the Year in the Clinical Faculty category for the 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2018-19 academic years. A certified sign language interpreter since 2004, she enjoys working on issues impacting the legal rights of the deaf and represents the Texas Association of the Deaf, the Texas chapter of NAD.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2010, Wood worked for a decade in direct legal services in the field of disability rights. Following her receipt of the Skadden Fellowship in 2000, she worked as a staff attorney and then as managing attorney of the Austin-based regional office of Disability Rights Texas, where she represented persons with disabilities in civil rights cases involving communication access, special education, employment, housing, health, juvenile, and family law issues. Before commencing her practice, Wood served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge William Wayne Justice.
Wood was awarded the Impact Award by the Poverty Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2019. She is a recipient of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association Public Interest Award and the Excellence in Public Interest Award given by Texas Law Fellowships. She was named a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly in the years 2004, 2006, and 2007.
Wood also served as Senior Attorney for the Texas Title Project, a project of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law established in 2013 to provide direct legal assistance to low-income Texas residents affected by Hurricanes Ike and Dolly. She is the former director of the Justice Center's Supportive Housing Project and former co-director of the Center's Contract for Deed Prevalence Project.