Publication

2014-2015

Parent’s Guide

A guide for parents involved with Texas Child Protective Services co-authored by Justice Center, in partnership with the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission and practitioners from around the state.

2014

Emerging Trends in Adult Guardianship: Review of State Practices and Summary of Findings for Texas

A report on adult guardianship in Texas, which contrasts Texas’ current adult guardianship requirements with reforms and changes made in a number of states that have recently modified their guardianship procedures. The report identifies a series of best practices that have emerged in recent years across the U.S., and concludes by highlighting opportunities to further strengthen Texas’ adult guardianship system.

2013-2014

Texas Title Project

An innovative two-year title-clearing project designed to provide low-income disaster survivors with the chance to move to higher opportunity neighborhoods, funded with a grant from the Texas General Land Office to assist survivors of Hurricanes Dolly and Ike. The project was part of a larger coordinated hurricane recovery program that included the participation of communities affected by the disasters, advocates for low-income survivors, and local, state, and federal agencies.

2012-2013

Expunction and Non-Disclosure Project

A study on how criminal records are maintained, disseminated, and utilized in background checks in Texas. The Justice Center has continued its work in this area, creating community expunction and non-disclosure pro bono legal clinics staffed by law students and attorneys, and providing significant research support to the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable.

2012-2013

Travis County Model Court Education Advocacy Pilot Study

The Justice Center and the Texas Law Children’s Rights Clinic helped develop a multi-stakeholder pilot education reform project focused on youth entering the child welfare system in Travis County. The Education Advocacy Pilot Project was an initiative of the Travis County Model Court for Children and Families for the 2012–2013 school year.

2011-2012

Contract for Deed Prevalence Study

The Justice Center and the LBJ School of Public Affairs completed a major study for the Texas Legislature on the use of contracts for deed in Texas colonias. The study estimated the number of outstanding contracts for deed and examined title irregularities associated with informal land sales and intestate inheritance. Faculty and students conducted more than 1300 in-person interviews with colonias residents in seven border counties and three counties in Central Texas.