About the Family Law and Housing Clinic

The Family Law and Housing Clinic is supervised by Wendy Tolson Ross, who joined the faculty in 2006 after teaching in the clinical program at St. Mary's University School of Law for six years.

Background

The Family Law and Housing Clinic was implemented during the Fall 2011 semester and undertakes a limited number of cases, selected in close consultation with and through referral from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. With a small caseload, students will have the opportunity to thoroughly investigate and prepare client matters entrusted to them, and they will be able to make independent judgments in a supervised clinical setting. Assessment and reflection of the strategic decisions made and advocacy skills utilized promote the professional development of the student as an effective and ethical legal practitioner.

Under the supervision of Professors Spain and Ross, a Night Court Divorce Project was initiated in cooperation with the Lubbock County Courts and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas to address concerns about the lack of access to the courts for low-income individuals seeking a divorce. Students in the clinical program participate in a monthly evening clinic in which they interview individuals screened by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, and prepare and file their Petitions for Divorce. When the cases are ready for a final hearing, they are heard in the evening in the Texas Tech School of Law courtroom, which is more convenient for clients who are often unable to take time off from work.