Legal nonprofit collecting backpacks for domestic violence victims

The Texas Advocacy Project is seeking donations in support of its annual Backpacks for Hope campaign. Through July 17, donors can drop off new book bags and school supplies, which will be distributed along with the project’s legal hotline numbers and safety planning literature to mothers and their children in domestic violence shelters across the state.

“Starting a new school is scary for any child—imagine what it would be like if you had to do it in the middle of the year while showing up with your books in a paper sack,” Michael Walker, a member of the project’s board of directors, said in a press release. “With the help of our community, we will make things a little easier for kiddos and at the same time provide their moms with the information they need to break the cycle of violence.”

Drop-off locations include:

Michael Walker’s Allstate Insurance office at 3810 Medical Pkwy., Ste. 155, Austin

Silicon Labs at 200 and 400 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin

Waterloo Ice House at 9600 South I-35 Service Rd. SB, Suite D-100; 8600 Burnet Rd.; 6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin; and 9600 Escarpment Blvd., Austin

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Cameron County Commissioners Court accepts donation of restored minutes

On August 15, the Cameron County Commissioners Court accepted the donation of the restored minutes of the District Court of Cameron County from 1885 through 1891. The book was restored due to the generosity of Judge Migdalia Lopez of the 197th District Court and her husband, Nemecio Lopez. Among the cases memorialized in the books were the proceedings of King v. Cavazos, a court ruling that led to the development of the King Ranch.

From left: Judge Mark Davidson, a member of the Texas Bar Historical Foundation; Aurora de la Garza, Cameron County District Clerk, Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos, Judge Migdalia Lopez, and Nemecio Lopez.