Celestina L. Contreras
Law Clinic Professor
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Course: Law Clinic
Professor Celestina L. Contreras was named law clinic professor in 2010. She joined the law clinic in the spring of 2000 as a part-time adjunct professor and became a full-time adjunct and staff attorney in the spring of 2003.
Prior to joining, Contreras was a staff attorney and family law division chief of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas from 1996-2002. Contreras served as director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law from 2000-2002 and was staff attorney in the family law division of Legal Aid of Central Texas in Austin from 1990-1996.
Throughout Contreras’ legal career, she has advocated for victims of domestic violence, both adults and children alike, all of whom have been clients who are at or below the federal poverty guidelines and could not afford to retain an attorney. Contreras has networked and made presentations to various North Texas agencies that provide assistance to these families, including United Way, Lena Pope Home, SafeHaven, Catholic Charities CARE Program, Early Childhood Intervention, Kinship/Caregiver Network, Area Agency on Aging, the Parenting Center, various family violence task force committees, area police departments, district attorney’s offices and Child Protective Services. She was also recently appointed to a 2-year term to the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, an agency which provides free civil legal services to eligible low income residents in 114 Texas counties.
Contreras earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is licensed to practice in Texas, the United States District Court Northern District of Texas and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of Texas Family Law Division, the Tarrant County Bar, the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.