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Faculty Experts Analyze 2015 Texas Legislative Session

As the 2015 Texas legislative session draws to an end, experts at UT Austin offer their take on the complex issues that lawmakers confronted.

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As the 2015 Texas legislative session draws to an end, experts at The University of Texas at Austin offer their take on the complex issues that lawmakers confronted. Professors from various fields who tracked the movement of the legislature provide commentary below on what the session accomplished, what key issues still linger and how the lives of Texans will be impacted. 

To discover other experts on related subjects, journalists can consult UT Austin’s Faculty Experts Guide for the 2015 Texas Legislative Session.

Note: At the time of this post on Friday, May 29, several pieces of legislation were pending. To follow up on final decisions, contact the faculty members directly.

Energy and the Environment

Michael Webber

Professor of Engineering and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator

512-475-6867, webber@mail.utexas.edu


Immigration

Bill Beardall

Clinical Professor at the School of Law

Director of the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic

Executive Director of the Equal Justice Center

512-474-0007, bbeardall@equaljusticecenter.org


Juvenile Justice

Michele Deitch

Senior Lecturer of Public Affairs and Law

512-328-8330, 512-296-7212, Michele.deitch@austin.utexas.edu


Mental Health and Foster Care

Molly Lopez

Director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at the Center for Social Work Research, School of Social Work

512-232-0614, mlopez@austin.utexas.edu

Monica Faulkner

Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Social Work

Research Associate and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Research Institute, School of Social Work

512-471-7191, mfaulkner@austin.utexas.edu


Texas Budget

Jim Henson

Lecturer of Government

Director of the Texas Politics Project

512-468-4113, j.henson@austin.utexas.edu


Texas Politics

Sherri Greenberg

Clinical Professor in Public Policy Practice

512-471-8324, sgreenberg@mail.utexas.edu


This piece was produced as part of Texas Perspectives.

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