Texas A&M School of Law is home to 10 legal clinics that provide students with the opportunity to apply their skills to work on behalf of actual clients. Clinical work at Texas A&M Law provides hands-on experiences in a variety of practice areas, including family law, veterans law, immigration law, tax disputes, intellectual property and others. Clinic clients include entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals. In recent months, the clinic programs have been growing exponentially in terms of case notoriety, student growth, grants and social media presence.
Members of Texas A&M Law's J.D. class of 2020 have their degrees and are studying for the bar exam; but, with the arrival of COVID-19, bar takers are adjusting to a new normal. In addition to a July exam, the Texas Supreme Court ordered a September date to accommodate social distancing requirements. The Court was mindful that any delay in licensure could have consequences for law school grads regarding careers and livelihoods. The order allows unlicensed law school grads to practice under supervision.
The Texas A&M Immigrant Rights Clinic filed a petition in federal court in May demanding that ICE immediately release 11 medically-vulnerable immigrants from the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado, Texas. There are at least 45 detained individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Professor Fatma Marouf, Adjunct Professor Sehla Ashai and students Teresa Reyes Flores, Marisela Gonzales, Mario Guerra, Maria Jose Rosales Lagos and Emily Malden, joined forces with RAICES and the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy in bringing the case forward.
Meet the Texas A&M Law students supporting the cause.
The Texas A&M Immigrant Rights Clinic filed a petition in federal court last Friday demanding that ICE immediately release eleven medically-vulnerable immigrants from the Prairieland Detention Center, where 45 detained individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. Professor Fatma Marouf, Adjunct Professor Sehla Ashai and students Teresa Reyes Flores, Marisela Gonzales, Mario Guerra, Maria Jose Rosales Lagos and Emily Malden, joined forces with RAICES and the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy in bringing the case.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about many changes in higher education. Most news, lately, highlights the movement from in-person to online instruction of students. To many, Texas A&M Law faculty performed miracles practically overnight when the virus contributed to the university closing in March. However, professors aren’t the only university "miracle workers." Despite working from home, the Texas A&M Law admissions team is hard at work preparing for the incoming class--Class of 2023. In order to do so, they’ve had to get creative with their efforts. The team:
Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli continues its growth trajectory in Dallas with the addition of Associate Jillian Loh, who joins the firm’s national Real Estate Finance Practice. Loh is a 2017 graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law.
“The addition of Jillian to Polsinelli’s dynamically growing Dallas team further deepens our bench of talented legal professionals,” said Brian Bullard, managing partner of Polsinelli’s Dallas office and co-chair of the firm’s Investment Funds Practice. “Jillian’s understanding of the Texas real estate market and her connections across the region will serve to enhance our office’s ongoing engagement efforts in the business and civic community.”
Graduates of Texas A&M University School of Law, Andrew Goodwyn and Holland Hendley, are demonstrating the strength of the Aggie Network by practicing law together at Hendley & Goodwyn LLP in Nashville, TN. Their firm specializes in advancing businesses and creative projects with establishing a solid, legal foundation. Serving the business and entertainment communities, the firm looks to attract clients that range from being in the idea phase to operating fully.
Texas A&M University School of Law National Black Law Student Association (BLSA) moot court and mock trial teams advanced to the national finals in Cincinnati, Ohio later this spring.
In moot court, second-year students Destin Germany and Arielle Williams placed second at the Southwest Regional of the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition in Dallas in January. The team was coached by former student and local attorney Nikki Chriesman-Green.
Texas A&M University School of Law alumna, Spencer Mainka '19, joins Pham Harrison LLP as an associate. She served as the business editor for the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law and a board member for the Employment and Labor Law Student Association.