Heather K. Way
- Clinical Professor;
- Director - Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
- JD University of Texas at Austin
- BA University of Texas at Austin
- BJ University of Texas at Austin
Areas of Specialty
Heather K. Way directs the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, which delivers transactional legal assistance to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community groups in Texas. Way's research interests include analyzing and developing public policies that promote the creation of equitable and inclusive communities, with a focus on: affordable housing, gentrification, problem properties, land title issues, informal housing, housing preservation, and transit-oriented development. In addition, Way is the founder and steering committee member of the UT Opportunity Forum, an interdisciplinary collaborative of faculty at the University of Texas at Austin working on fostering equitable communities.
Way has worked in the fields of community development and affordable housing law since 1997, starting with a Skadden Fellowship at Legal Aid of Central Texas. While at Legal Aid, she founded Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources, a statewide project that provides legal education and pro bono legal assistance to CDCs and other nonprofit organizations. After graduating from UT Law, Way clerked for the Honorable William Wayne Justice of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Way is the 2014 recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Public Interest Award from Texas Law Fellowships. She is also the recipient of the Outstanding "Houser" Award from the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and was recognized as an Austin Affordable Housing Hero by Interfaith Action of Central Texas. Back when she was young, Way was honored as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the State Bar of Texas Young Lawyers Association, and one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the Texas Lawyer.
- 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 & Lucille Wood). View article
- Contracts for Deed: Charting Risks and New Paths for Advocacy, 23 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development 37 (2014) (with Lucy Wood).
- Contracts for Deed: Charting Risks and New Paths for Advocacy, 47 Clearinghouse Review 286 (2013) (with Lucy Wood).
Addressing Problem Properties: Legal and Policy Tools for a Safer Rundberg and Safer Austin
August 13, 2013
Report and Executive Summary: www.utexas.edu/law/clinics/community/workhighlights.php
Opportunity Forum Gentrification Series: Protecting Tenants Displaced from Redevelopment Projects
October 26, 2012
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Informal contracts still put many Texas homeowners at risk, UT study shows
October 21, 2012