The students in Huberman’s group worked with Disability Rights Texas to develop legislation that would bar the payment of subminimum wages, at least in positions paid for by state contracts. They also produced a white paper explaining why the bill is necessary.
“Their white paper presented good arguments about why Texas should incorporate the model legislation, plus philosophical arguments about why subminimum-wage work shouldn’t be allowed,” says Ted Evans, Equal Justice Works fellow and staff attorney at Disability Rights Texas. “They did some pretty amazing work, and we’re grateful for their collaboration.”
Other students in the class worked on projects focused on farmworker wages, mandatory arbitration agreements, EEOC wellness regulations, expanding access to integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, wage theft, and more.
“We wanted the students to work on a variety of projects and documents to reflect the ways actual lawyers practice,” says Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law and co-teacher of the course. He says he was impressed with the student groups’ white papers, amicus briefs, policy memos, and other materials, which he describes as “very professional final products.”
“Sam and I found that we were both doing a lot of pro bono work with students, and that’s what led us to establish this workshop,” says Kate Andrias, assistant professor of law and co-teacher of the class. “We were very impressed with how much the students developed their writing and persuasive skills. And they did it while also having a substantial impact on real organizations and people.”