South Texas College of Law Houston

Community Connections: Spring/Summer 2016

Involvement in the legal community helps the Clinic team stay current with practice trends, identify legal needs in the community, and expand student opportunities. During the Spring and Summer 2016 semesters, that professional involvement took many forms:

Board and Committee Participation

Boat People SOS, Houston
Executive Committee, Vinh Ho

Fe y Justicia Worker Center
Board Member, Elliott Tucker

Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council,
Executive Committee, Kimberly Ashworth

Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaboration
Executive Committee Member, Vinh Ho

K.I.N.D.
Houston Advisory Board Member, Catherine Burnett

Immigration Section,
State Bar of Texas
Member, Vinh Ho

Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters,
State Bar of Texas
Member, Vinh Ho

Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters,
State Bar of Texas
Chair, Catherine Greene Burnett

Tahirih Justice Center,
Board Member, Elizabeth A. Dennis

Papers and Presentations

Catherine Greene Burnett
Extraneous Offenses, 42nd Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2016) (Chap. 23)

Extraneous Offenses: Never Good, Mostly Bad, Always Ugly, 29th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course (Austin: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016)

Case Studies, Actual Innocence Conference: Habeas Issues (Plano, Texas: Center for American and International Law, 2016)

Ethics in Habeas Litigation, Actual Innocence Conference: Habeas Issues (Plano, Texas: Center for American and International Law, 2016)

Challenges That Lie Ahead, Texas Fair Defense Act – 15th Anniversary Symposium (Austin, Texas: Texas Indigent Defense Commission 2016)

Community Work

The law school also served as the venue for community outreach and collaboration, bringing together a wide range of local actors and stakeholders:

• April 2016: “Small Business Legal Academy”, a joint project of the City of Houston, Vinson & Elkins, C-Bar and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel
• February 2016: American Immigration Lawyers Association meeting
• February 2016: “Have a Heart” Clinic Open House