Helen Gaebler, J.D. is a Lecturer and Senior Research Attorney at the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Prior to joining the Justice Center, she was the Assistant Director for the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, at the University of Arizona, where she taught family law and coordinated research and community outreach between the university and the wider legal community. Gaebler has also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, where she handled child abuse and neglect matters; as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she litigated fraud cases on behalf of HUD, HHS, and the Department of Education; and as a litigator at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. Gaebler clerked for the Honorable Nathan Heffernan, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
In addition to her work at the Justice Center, Gaebler is a co-founder and serves on the steering committee of the UT Opportunity Forum, an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty working to promote increased opportunities for low-income Texans. She also is Chair of the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and serves on collaborative councils for the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, the Travis County Model Court, and the Texas Office of Court Administration's Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS). Throughout her career, Gaebler has maintained an active pro bono practice, including death penalty post-convictions, family law, and government benefits cases.