Lucille D. Wood

  • Clinical Professor


  • JD Yale
  • BA Yale

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 2013 in the Clinical Faculty category. Wood currently serves as the 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.

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.

Recent Publications

  • Protecting Homebuyers in Low-Income Communities: Evaluating the Success of Texas Legislative Reforms in the Informal Homeownership Market, 41 Law & Social Inquiry 152 (2016) (with Peter M. Ward & Heather Way).
  • Contracts for Deed: Charting Risks and New Paths for Advocacy, 23 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development 37 (2014) (with Heather Way).
  • Contracts for Deed: Charting Risks and New Paths for Advocacy, 47 Clearinghouse Review 286 (2013) (with Heather K. Way).

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