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Civil Practice Clinics

What We Do

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Estate Planning
    Students represent clients with modest estate planning needs, preparing an array of documents for execution.
  • 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.
  • Guardianship
    Students represent a parent or close relative seeking the guardianship or guardianship alternatives of an incapacitated adult.
  • Child Welfare
    Students work each semester on legal issues impacting children, which may range from special immigrant juvenile status cases to children in the foster care system.

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

Alec Lawton
Alec Lawton
Clinic Teaching Fellow

Eric Kwartler

Eric Kwartler
Clinic Teaching Fellow

Emily Bohls
Clinical Adjunct Professor


Vinh Ho
Vinh Ho
Managing Attorney








Kimberly Ashworth
Public Interest Attorney

Elliott Tucker

Elliot Tucker
Public Interest Attorney


Christa Bynam


Liz Scallan


Lyther Walker

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.