23314 Edsel Ford Ct., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
benjamin.houston@gmail.com
(313) 300-6627

Experience

  • Houston & Houston, P.C.
  • Associate Attorney — Detroit, Michigan, August 2012 to Present
    • Prepared briefs and memos in preparation for litigation on corporate bylaws and employment agreements.
    • Prepared trusts, wills, powers of attorney, operating agreements for Michigan LLCs, and applications for 501(c) organizations.
    • Conducted commercial and residential real estate closings.
    • Completed foreclosure, family law, and landlord-tenant proceedings.
  • Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
  • Legal Fellow — Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2010; August 2012 to Present
    • Lead counsel for oil and gas litigation involving contested permits in Kalkaska County, Michigan.
    • Wayne State Law School environmental clinic co-teacher.
    • Assisted community groups opposing a planned highway expansion in Detroit.
    • Helped prepare grantee agreements for Detroit urban farming non-profits.
  • Pacific Environmental Law Center (now Earthrise Law Center)
  • Clinical Student — Portland, Oregon, Sept. 2011 to Present
    • Drafted memos and briefs on Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and administrative law cases.
    • Assisted and mooted supervising attorneys in preparation for oral argument for a water quality standards case. PEAC prevailed at oral argument and won the landmark case that had been 20 years in the making.
    • Met with clients and participated in litigation strategy meetings.
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • Intern with Justice Diane Hathaway — Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2010
    • Completed a large research project involving cases from the entire historical jurisprudence of the Court.
  • University of Michigan Law Library
  • Reference Desk Assistant & Phone Page — Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2009 to May 2011
    • Assisted library patrons, faculty, and pro se litigants with library resources and legal research.
    • Academy for Educational Development
    • Intern — Zagreb, Croatia, Sept. 2006 to Feb. 2007
      • Helped compose and edit grant proposals to USAID.
      • Organized and prepared for country-wide conferences of civil society advocates.

Education

  • University of Michigan School of Information
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan — Sept. 2017 to Present
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Portland, Oregon — Sept. 2011 to May 2012
  • LL.M., Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law, May 2012
    • LL.M. research: heat pollution and shade credit trading in the Tualatin Basin under the Clean Water Act.
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan — Sept. 2008 to May 2011
  • J.D., graduated cum laude May 2011
    • Technology Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law.
    • Environmental Law Society, International Law Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Assoc.
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan — September 2002 to June 2006
  • B.A. in Medieval History, Minor in English Creative Writing, graduated magna cum laude June 2006
    • Undergraduate thesis on Medieval cartography and the Crusades.

Publications



  • Law and Governance of the Great Lakes, DePaul Law Review, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2014 (with Noah D. Hall).

Interests


  • Avid reader; running; the banjo.