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Free legal classes for flood victims at “People’s Law School”

Editor’s note: The Houston Bar Association issued the following news release Thursday.  This is your chance to learn more about your legal rights, and have fun at the same time. Best of all, it is absolutely free. On Saturday, September 30th, the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, with the … Continue Reading

Texas Legal Answers adds disaster category, volunteers to help with Harvey relief

Texas Legal Answers is a free online legal advice clinic where people can post their non-criminal legal questions and receive answers from volunteer lawyers. The site—TexasLegalAnswers.org—is the product of a partnership between the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, dozens of attorney volunteers have joined Texas … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Harvey Media Reports – Sept. 6, 2017

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. Important Harvey Links If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Harvey Media Reports – Sept. 5, 2017

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. Important Harvey Links If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Harvey Media Reports – Sept. 1, 2017

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a colleague, please take … Continue Reading

Hundreds of lawyers, law students, and paralegals step up to help Harvey survivors

Hundreds of lawyers, law students, and paralegals have volunteered to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. As of Thursday morning a total of 1,150 individuals had filled out the State Bar of Texas volunteer form to offer a variety of assistance to Harvey survivors. Of those, 556 are licensed Texas attorneys, 469 are lawyers licensed … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas joins with ABA, FEMA to assist Harvey survivors

The State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other organizations have partnered to help provide legal and recovery assistance to people affected by Hurricane Harvey. A toll-free legal hotline (800-504-7030) is available to connect low-income individuals affected by the disaster with local legal aid providers who … Continue Reading

State Bar compiling Harvey-related free legal clinics

The State Bar of Texas is compiling a list of free legal clinics for the public in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The clinic list is updated regularly on the Bar’s Disaster Relief Resources web page texasbar.com/disasters. The clinics can help with insurance questions, landlord tenant matters, consumer and real estate problems, and offer guidance … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court congratulates first TOJI cohort

The 10 members of the first cohort of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator received words of support and encouragement from the Texas Supreme Court on June 13, 2017. Justice Phil Johnson spoke to the group gathered in the courtroom and reminded them of their important role in helping those who need access to justice. … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala raises over $560,000 for veterans

The 2017 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raised $560,200 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. The eighth annual gala, held Wednesday in Austin, has raised more than $3 million since its inception. The State Bar of Texas underwrites the event to ensure that proceeds go to helping veterans get legal … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Commission kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The Texas Access to Justice Commission kicked off the 2017 Justice for All Campaign this week, which aims to raise funds for legal aid efforts. Each day, dedicated legal aid defenders, pro bono attorneys, and access to justice supporters rise to the occasion in pursuit of justice for all. United with one goal, they assist low-income … Continue Reading

Register now to attend University of Houston’s “People’s Law School”

The “People’s Law School” returns to the University of Houston on April 1. The event, sponsored by the Houston Lawyer Referral Service and the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, will host more than 40 volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors as they teach courses for the public in 15 … Continue Reading

AG’s office warns public about IRS scams

Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Texans to beware of a tax-related scam preying on individuals as the April 18th income tax deadline approaches. The scam involves unsolicited phone calls from individuals who claim to be Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Attorney General. The scammers … Continue Reading

Dallas volunteer attorneys hold free February expunction clinic

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will hold a free expunction and non-disclosure clinic for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the West Dallas Multi-Purpose Community Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions on expunction and non-disclosure orders and provide free legal assistance to low-income Dallas County … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Texas City on Feb. 18

The Galveston County Bar Association and Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative will host a free legal clinic for veterans from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 in suite 206 of the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. Any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran can receive one-on-one assistance and advice … Continue Reading

Dallas access to justice campaign brings in $1.1 million

The annual fundraising campaign for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program brought in more than $1.1 million in donations, the Dallas Bar Association recently announced. The Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’ Equal Access to Justice Campaign funds DVAP, which provides free civil legal assistance to more than 4,000 low-income families each year.… Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice groups talk civil legal aid at Capitol breakfast

Representatives of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and Texas Access to Justice Commission, state government, and the Texas Supreme Court spoke about the importance of improving low-income Texans and veterans’ access to civil legal help at a breakfast January 26 at the Capitol. State Rep. Sarah Davis, who serves as a liaison to the … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for Richmond-area veterans upcoming

Veterans or spouses of veterans in need of legal guidance can visit a free clinic from 9 a.m. to noon January 21 at the Richmond VA Outpatient Clinic, 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200. No appointment is necessary. At the clinic, veterans and/or their spouses can receive one-on-one advice from a volunteer attorney in any area of … Continue Reading

Dallas volunteer attorneys host free small business legal clinic

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) will hold a free small business legal clinic this month for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. The clinic, which will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St. in Dallas, will assist residents with legal counsel on starting and organizing … Continue Reading

Houston legal community raises $725K for pro bono

The Houston legal community raised more than $725,000 for pro bono at its annual fall event this month. The 67th Harvest Celebration—the largest fundraising event sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation, and Houston Bar Association Auxiliary—supports the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a project that provides free legal services for veterans, the elderly, those … Continue Reading
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