Civil Practice Clinics

What We Do

The Civil Practice Clinics umbrella a range of state court practice areas, each in a discrete clinic:

  • Access to Justice
    Students represent clients in various matters: tenants facing eviction, individuals with minor criminal history needing expunction or nondisclosure, or educating the public on legal rights.
  • Estate Planning
    Students represent clients with modest estate planning needs, preparing an array of documents for execution.
  • Family Law Basic
    Students represent clients in divorces that involve minimal property and no children.
  • Family Law Advanced
    Students represent clients in cases that present more advanced, mixed issues than found in a simple divorce with no children or any substantial property. Here client issues tend to focus on divorce joined with contested property, children and custody issues, parentage, grandparent access, post-judgment enforcement or modification, and state agency involvement. The Clinic also serves in court-appointed positions including amicus and ad litem appointments.
  • Guardianship
    Students represent a parent or close relative seeking the guardianship or guardianship alternatives of an incapacitated adult.
  • Probate
    Students represent clients in probate cases where the post-death transfer of property may involve an independent administration, dependent administration, muniment of title, determination of heirship, or small estate affidavit.
  • Veteran’s Clinic
    Students counsel and assist clients with Veteran’s benefits claims, discharge updates and legal issues related to their military service. In addition, the Clinic offers civil legal services to families of military personnel.

Students hone their lawyering skills as they interview, research, strategize, draft pleadings and documents, advise and counsel clients, and, when necessary, appear in court. They work under the close supervision of full time faculty, teaching fellows, and staff attorneys to develop professional wisdom and judgment.

Why We Selected These Clinics

We had educational and community service goals in mind when we formed these clinics.

The Civil Practice Clinics are designed to help make students practice ready upon graduation. They specifically target two groups of students — those contemplating small firm or solo practice, and those seeking to be practice-ready for pro bono work as they pursue large firm, governmental or corporate legal careers. The legal issues we focus on in these clinics are topics that both groups of students are likely to encounter soon after entering practice.

The legal issues handled in these Clinics also represent major areas of unmet legal need for members of the poverty population and the working poor in our region.

Who’s Involved


Hou. College of Law faculty photo in Houston, Tx. photos by John Everett on 9-1-16.

Betty Luke
Professor of Law


Other Clinical Adjunct Professors:
Carlos Calderon
Eric Kwartler
Kimberly Ashworth

Public Interest Attorneys

Vinh Ho
Vinh Ho
Senior Director, Legal Services
Clinical Adjunct Professor





Crystal Washington
Public Interest Attorney
Clinical Adjunct Professor





Diana Lizmi Carlson
Public Interest Attorney
Clinical Adjunct Professor

Elliott Tucker

Elliot Tucker
Public Interest Attorney





Geoffrey Riddle
Public Interest Attorney





Jerry Loza
Public Interest Attorney




Meagan Belovsky
Public Interest Attorney
Clinical Adjunct Professor





Nicole Teymouri
Public Interest Attorney

Other Public Interest Attorneys
Denise Hooten
Jessica Jaramillo-Moreno
Tania Reyes

Support Staff

Christa Bynam

Jasmin Lopez

Liz Scallan

Lyther Walker

Ramses Dominguez

Yajaira Guerrero

Organizations / Partners

The Rockwell Fund has played a major role in the growth and development of these clinics, allowing us to expand into new areas, and linking the Civil Practice Clinics with area service providers.

Grants from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation through IOLTA and Basic Civil Legal Services have helped fund the attorney and paralegal positions critical to our mission.