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2017-present

Community Assistance Project

The Community Assistance Project (“CAP”) provides community redevelopment assistance to legal aid attorneys and communities in Texas. The CAP focuses on community development and environmental justice in low-income areas, working with legal aid attorneys and affected communities state-wide.  The CAP supports attorneys and groups working to reduce environmental injustice and revitalize and stabilize low-income communities through four main activities:  training legal aid attorneys and communities, providing case support, coordinating information, and developing innovative legal tools and analysis.

The CAP was initially funded by a two-year $1 million dollar grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) to the Justice Center with support from the University of Texas Law School Foundation.  The TAJF grant was renewed, with the Justice Center receiving $750,000 for an additional two years of work by the CAP through December 2020.  The effort involves faculty, attorneys and students affiliated with the Environmental Clinic and the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Texas Law faculty currently working on the CAP include Kelly Haragan and David Frederick with the Environmental Clinic, and Frances Martinez and Heather Way with the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.  Lauren Loney ’17 and Jori Diakum ’17 are also working on the CAP as research fellows.

Focus Area: Community Development