Caitlin Machell was president and cofounder of the Texas Law Disability Alliance, copresident of the Public Interest Law Association, a board member of If/When/How, and a Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar focused on disability law. She participated in the Civil Rights Clinic and the Housing Clinic, and interned with Disability Rights Texas in Austin and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. She also worked in Austin with Ellwanger Law Equal Rights Attorneys and in Dallas with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas in a range of practice areas, including Housing, Consumer, Benefits, and LANWT’s Medical-Legal Partnership. She was a class of 2019 Chancellor, one of 18 students with top GPAs in the class.
Caitlin has a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas in Dallas. She will promote housing stability and income maintenance for persons with serious mental illness in Dallas County. She plans to provide civil legal aid through partnerships with homeless service providers, mental health service providers, mental health courts, and peer-led groups and to host pro bono clinics providing supported decision-making agreements and psychiatric advance directives.