Liam Veazey

Class of 2022
Liam Veazey

"Attending law school was a major adjustment after being out of school for a few years, but through the William Wayne Justice Center I found instant community, extensive experiential learning opportunities, and spaces to remain connected to the purpose that brought me to law school. With the support of the Justice Center and Equal Justice Scholarship, I feel empowered to fully pursue a public interest legal career with a clear mind. The public interest community at Texas Law has been inspiring, supportive, and the right place for me to grow. I look forward to my career knowing that I am part of a large, connected community through the Justice Center."

Liam Veazey is a Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow with Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY) in Bath, New York. He focuses on helping low-income residents gain greater access to mortgages, low-interest credit, and community development investments, and he represents individuals and groups in litigation regarding rent-to-own agreements, substandard housing, and predatory land contracts.

At Texas Law, Liam was member of the Justice Center’s student advisory board, a board member of the Environmental Law Society, a senior staff editor of the Texas Environmental Law Journal, the UT student Liaison to Law Students for Climate Accountability, and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. As a 2L he was a vice president of the Texas Law chapter of the American Constitution Society and a co-organizer of GRITS (the annual Getting Radical in the South conference). As a 1L, Liam participated in several pro bono projects, including the Expunction Project (as a lead student counselor), Supported Decision Making, and Street Law. He was a Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar with the Expunction Project as a 2L, and has participated in the Environmental Clinic and the Housing Clinic. He also participated in a directed research project with Professor Kelly Haragan focused on issues of substandard housing, its effects on marginalized communities, and potential legal tools for remedying these issues.  His student note, Chemical Disasters: An Urgent Environmental Justice Issue, will be published in Volume 52 of the Texas Environmental Law Journal.

Liam spent the summer after his 1L year working with the Environmental Justice, Community Development, and Housing teams at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Austin office. He spent the summer after his 2L year working with EarthJustice in Chicago.

Liam graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn with a BA in Political Science and History. After college, he was a Public Allies’ New York Fellow while working for a community-based organization in South Brooklyn as a tenant organizer. Most recently, he worked at a mentoring and educational equity nonprofit as a program manager at a high school in the Northwest Bronx. Liam hopes to craft a legal career at the intersection of housing and environmental justice while continuing to leverage his passion for community-based coalition work.