July 20, 2018 -- Shortly after completing her legal education, Christina Beeler, a 2018 University of Houston Law Center alumna, will return to her alma mater as part of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship hosted by the Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project.
Equal Justice Works is a nonprofit organization that specializes in developing careers in public service for pre-law students, law school students, and recent law school graduates. Beeler's fellowship is sponsored by Latham & Watkins.
The Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project's mission is to provide constructive and potentially life-altering legal services to juveniles, especially those from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
"At JCAP, I will provide direct legal representation and community outreach to juveniles in school disciplinary proceedings and the juvenile justice system for school disciplinary infractions in Harris County," Beeler said.
Beeler will conduct know-your-rights training sessions at high schools, collect data on school disciplinary practices, develop outreach program plans, and create a partnership between JCAP and organizations that provide immigrant services.
Katya Dow, legal program director of JCAP and a professor of legal practice, will be working alongside Beeler as she begins the new project.
"We are elated to be able to begin our newest initiative of working with and representing juveniles facing school disciplinary proceedings," Dow said. "Christina's background as a law school graduate and former public school teacher makes her particularly qualified to oversee this new program, and her receipt of the EJW fellowship is an indication of her passion for the project."
During her law school tenure, Beeler has spent time working with Lone Star Legal Aid, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the ACLU and local firm Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. After the fellowship ends, Beeler plans to pursue a federal clerkship.
"I ultimately want to become a staff attorney at an organization which does impact litigation in the area of criminal justice reform, juvenile justice, or voting rights," Beeler said.
"As an eighth-generation Texan and a fifth-generation Houstonian, I am honored to have an opportunity to represent young people in the Houston area and to work on disrupting and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline at the Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project of Texas," said Beeler.