Education

  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1997
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Texas at Austin,1993

License to Practice

  • Texas
  • Massachusetts (retired)
  • New York (retired)

Specialties and Courses

  • Consumer Protection Clinic
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Deposition Skills
  • Mortgages

Biography

Genevieve Hebert Fajardo teaches the Consumer Protection Clinic, Deceptive Trade Practices, and Deposition Skills. Her clinic work and scholarship focus on deceptive sales practices in marginalized communities, especially home sales and mortgages in South Texas.

Professor Fajardo is a frequent speaker on consumer protection topics around the country. She uses her academic work to advocate for legislative reform on issues important to low-income Texans, including contract for deed reform and landlord-tenant issues. Her clinic cases have been covered nationally in the New York Times, and locally in the San Antonio Express-News, and her academic work has been published in the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy. She is the co-author of a treatise on Texas consumer law and practice. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she started the St. Mary’s Housing Hotline in collaboration with the St. Mary’s Pro Bono Program and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.

Prior to St. Mary’s University, Professor Fajardo taught in the Housing Rights Clinic at Hofstra Law School, and was Executive Director of Shelter Legal Services (now Veterans Legal Services) in Boston, Massachusetts. She clerked for the Honorable Alfred J. Lechner, Jr., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and was a litigation associate at Hughes, Hubbard and Reed LLP in New York City.

Highlights

Distinguished Faculty Award, 2017
Human Rights Law Review, Articles Editor
Certificate of achievement in international law, with honors
IOLTA Fellowship
Human Rights Fellowship in Dakar, Senegal
Stone Scholar 1996-1997
Former member of the New York Bar and Massachusetts Bar
Current member of the Texas Bar

Publications

Articles in a Periodical

Books

  • Texas Consumer Law Handbook, Texas Practice Series, 2018-2019 Edition, with Ramona L. Lampley
  • Consumer Rights and Remedies (3d Ed.), Texas Practice Series, 2019 Supplement, with Ramona L. Lampley

CLE Articles

  • ABCs of Consumer Credit Compliance, Ch. 18, 15th Annual Advanced Consumer and Commercial Law Training of the State Bar of Texas, 2019.
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