benjamin.houston@gmail.com
(313) 300-6627
18995 Birchcrest Drive, Detroit, MI 48221

Experience

  • Houston & Houston, P.C.
  • Associate Attorney — Detroit, Michigan, August 2012 to Present
    • Prepared trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents.
    • Conducted commercial, industrial, and residential real estate transactions.
    • Assisted organization with 501(c) status applications.
  • Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
  • Of Counsel & Board Member — Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2010, August 2012 to Present
    • Oversaw case selection and participated in organization governance.
    • Wayne State Law School environmental clinic co-teacher.
    • Lead counsel for oil and gas litigation involving contested permits in Kalkaska County, Michigan.
  • Pacific Environmental Law Center (now Earthrise Law Center)
  • Clinical Student — Portland, Oregon, Sept. 2011 to May 2012
    • Drafted memos and briefs on Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and administrative law cases.
      • Met with clients and assisted in litigation strategy meetings.
      • Michigan Supreme Court
      • Intern with Justice Diane Hathaway — Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2010
        • Performed legal research for the Justice.
      • 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.
        • Located, researched, and retrieved resources for faculty.
        • 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 for NGOs.

Education

  • University of Michigan School of Information
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan — Sept. 2017 to Present
  • M.S.I., anticipated graduation May 2019
  • 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 Professor Noah Hall.

Interests


  • Avid reader; running; the banjo.