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Kelly Haragan is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Environmental Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. She joined the faculty in 2008 and her practice focuses on using environmental permitting, enforcement, and cleanup to address the adverse impacts of pollution on overburdened communities. Prior to joining the clinic, Kelly worked was an attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project, Public Citizen, and Henry, Lowerre, Johnson, Hess & Frederick. Kelly has been awarded the State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Sections Impact Award, the Texas Low Income Housing Information Services Houser Award.
Region 6 – (AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX)
Year of induction:
J.D., University of Texas at Austin, School of Law (June 1995) B.A., English, University of Texas at Austin (December 1991)
Texas State Bar (1995) District of Columbia Bar (2004)
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1999) United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2004) United States District Court Southern District of Texas (2014)
Professional Societies and Organizations:
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Environment, Energy, and Resources Section Government and Public Section Lawyers STATE BAR OF TEXAS Environment & Natural Resources Law Section
Other Environmental Career Experience:
KELLY HARAGAN, ATTORNEY Austin, TX (2005-2009) Clients included: Environmental Defense Fund, Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention, Industry Professionals for Clean Air, Public Citizen, and Environmental Integrity Project. ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT, COUNSEL Washington, DC (2003-2005) PUBLIC CITIZEN, DIRECTOR, CLEAN AIR ENFORCEMENT PROJECT Austin, TX (2000-2003) HENRY, LOWERRE, JOHNSON, HESS & FREDERICK, ASSOCIATE Austin, TX (1995-2000)
Securing Safe Drinking Water for Texans, UT Law Environmental Clinic & Texas Access to Justice Foundation (Fall 2018) Using Civil Rights Laws for Environmental Justice Along the Texas Gulf Coast, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Clearinghouse Community (May 5, 2016) Public Participation in Air Permitting and Enforcement, UT CLE, Air Quality Understanding and Working Effectively with TCEQ and Pending EPA Air Quality Programs (November 2010) New Developments in Title V and Emission Events, Seventeenth Annual Texas Environmental Superconference, Austin, TX (August 2005) Gaming the System How Off-the-Books Industrial Upset Emissions Cheat the Public Out of Clean Air, Environmental Integrity Project, Washington, DC (August 2004)
The Environmental Clinic and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid filed a Title VI Civil Rights complaint with the Federal Highway Administration regarding the Texas Department of Transportation's proposal to build an an elevated highway through a low-income community of color that was adjacent to the Corpus Christi ship channel and area refineries. The complaint resulted in finding of discrimination and in a Resolution Agreement that included a relocation program for over 300 families.