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Hector Linares

Director of Skills & Experiential Learning and Edward J. Womac, Jr. Endowed Clinic Professor


J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003

B.A., Tulane University, 2000


  • College of Law
  • Law


Professor Linares teaches the Youth Justice section of the Law Clinic and is the Director of Skills & Experiential Learning. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies in 2000 from Tulane University and his J.D. in 2003 from New York University School of Law.  

Professor Linares joined the faculty in 2017 and has been a clinical law professor since 2009. Prior to entering academia, he was a juvenile public defender in New Orleans at Juvenile Regional Services (now Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights).  He also practiced disability rights law as a supervising attorney at Protection & Advocacy, Inc. in Los Angeles, California.  He began his career as the Southern Poverty Law Center Special Education Fellow at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, where his advocacy on behalf of disabled students was nationally recognized through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Award for Distinguished Advocacy for the Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities.  Professor Linares has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Louisiana Public Defender Board, the Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Service, and the Innocence Project – New Orleans. He currently serves on the Louisiana State Law Institute’s Children’s Code Committee and the LSBA's Children's Law Committee. He is co-director of The Gault Center's southern regional center and a certified Youth Defense Advocacy Program trainer.

Classes Taught

Academic Externship

Youth Justice Clinic Section