Livability in Memphis

Law School - City of Memphis

We're not just the University of Memphis, we're the University FOR Memphis. Whether it is preparing students for careers in the industries most critical to making the City of Memphis thrive or helping students understand their role in making a difference in the community, the UofM lays the groundwork for success.

Students from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law provide excellent examples of how students' hands-on experiences can make a difference to the lives of those living in a city. These students are making a difference because of their focus on environmental and livability issues within the community. The School of Law worked to establish the Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP) and the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic (NPC) to provide a framework for students to assist the community in improving living environments, both inside and out.

The Healthy Homes Partnership is a collaboration with LeBonheur Children's Hospital that addresses the legal and/or policy related barriers to improving the environmental conditions that adversely impact the breathability and health of children living in substandard housing. The Neighborhood Preservation Clinic works with the City of Memphis to investigate and report blighted properties and bring suit, as necessary, against neglectful owners, with the aim of bringing them into compliance with property maintenance, housing and building standards for the safety of the children and adults living in the structures. Together, these partnerships work to improve the health and quality of life of children and their families.

For additional information about the Healthy Homes Partnership and the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic, please click on the links to read the articles from our website.

M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis