The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support the celebration of National Pro Bono Week (Oct. 20-26). Pro Bono Week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community is doing to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals in the legal community to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system. Today, we are featuring Vicki Carlson for her invaluable work in the Waco-Killeen legal community.
Vicki Carlson of Killeen is an attorney at the Carlson Law Firm. In addition to running the firm’s growing bankruptcy department, she is a former Waco Bankruptcy Bar president and current member. Carlson was presented the 2013 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award by Nicolas Serna, managing attorney of the Belton branch office of Lone Star Legal Aid, at the annual Bell County Bar Association’s Law Day Banquet on May 9. The award plaque reads, “For outstanding contributions toward making legal services possible for low-income families and individuals.”
Upon receiving the award, Carlson said that out of all the clients she has served, the ones referred by Legal Aid’s pro bono program have been her most enjoyable.
Lone Star Legal Aid is one of three legal services providers, federally funded through the Legal Services Corporation, that serve every county in Texas. Lone Star Legal Aid serves 72 Texas counties with a service area of nearly 1.5 million income-eligible residents. Legal Services Corporation, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, and multiple grants generously fund Lone Star Legal Aid.
Show You Care: If you would like to find out why Carlson feels pro bono clients are her most enjoyable, please contact the State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855, or firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a pro bono provider or program.