Faculty Profile: Lucille D. Wood
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Lucy Wood teaches in the Public Service and Legislative Internship Programs and in the LL.M. Program. She was voted Professor of the Year in the Clinical Faculty category for the 2012-2013, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 academic years. Wood also serves as the faculty director of INCLUDE, an initiative within the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law that allows law students interested in disability and/or probate law to build practical lawyering skills while providing direct legal services to persons with disability and their families.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2010, Wood worked 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 named a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly in the years 2004, 2006, and 2007. She is a recipient of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association Public Interest Award (2007) and the Excellence in Public Interest Award given by Texas Law Fellowships (2007). A certified sign language interpreter since 2004, she remains interested in issues impacting the legal rights of the deaf and the interpretation of legal discourse from English to American Sign Language. Wood has 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.