Tag Archives: Legal Aid

Houston Bar Association’s ‘Will-A-Thon’ sets screening dates

Harris County residents who are older than 60, disabled or veterans, and who meet low-income guidelines, qualify for free help with simple wills and basic medical directives provided through a “Will-A-Thon” hosted by the Houston Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee. To apply for assistance through the Will-A-Thon, you must call 713-228-0735 between 9 a.m. and … Continue Reading

Dallas campaign raises more than $1 million for pro bono legal services

Dallas-area lawyers raised $1,031,314 for pro bono legal services for the poor as part of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s “Equal Access to Justice Campaign.” Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) is a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. The program provides free legal assistance to more than 4,000 … Continue Reading

DVAP hosts legal clinics in January for Dallas County residents

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) will hold 10 free legal clinics in January, providing consultation in civil matters to Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. All clinics begin at 5 p.m. They are: East Dallas (Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St.) Thursdays, Jan. 7 and 21 South Dallas (Martin Luther King, … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Week Spotlight Day 5: Ralph Miller and Nathan White

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (Oct. 25-31). 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 … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Foundation awards $63 million-plus for legal aid services

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation will distribute more than $63 million over the next two years to 30 nonprofit organizations across Texas to provide civil legal aid to disadvantaged residents. The foundation recently announced its grant recipients, noting that each year more than 100,000 disadvantaged Texas families receive legal aid as a result of the … Continue Reading

Opportunities for rural pro bono and legal aid

Legal groups across Texas have created innovative ways for lawyers to help fill the access to justice gap in rural areas. “There are fewer lawyers in rural communities to help meet the need on a pro bono basis,” said Trish McAllister, executive director of the Texas Access to Justice Commission. “Coupled with geographic challenges, people … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Volunteers Receive Training in Austin

From Sept. 3-5, 2014, approximately 43 attorneys from across the state met in Austin at the Texas Law Center to receive training and share ideas as part of the annual Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat, put on by the Legal Access Division of the State Bar of Texas. The retreat aimed to give the attendees—who are … Continue Reading

ABLA holds first pro bono clinic based on SBOT’s Care Kit

                  On Nov. 9, the Austin Black Lawyers Association hosted its first free legal clinic based on the State Bar of Texas’s Care Kit that encourages lawyers to engage in pro bono work. Rudolph Metayer, president of ABLA, said he hoped the clinic would achieve one simple … Continue Reading
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