Nominations are open for the 2011 Pro Bono Excellence Awards

Nominations are open for the 2011 Pro Bono Excellence Awards. Each year, the State Bar's Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee gives Pro Bono Excellence Awards, which recognize dedicated members of our legal profession who are committed to providing legal services to the poor in Texas. 

The awards include the W. Frank Newton Award, J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award, Frank J. Scurlock Award, Pro Bono Award, and Pro Bono Coordinator Award. Nominations for the 2011 awards are due on February 25, 2011.

To download the nomination forms, please visit

Pro Bono College application deadline is Dec. 31

The deadline to submit applications to the Pro Bono College for this year is December 31. Created in 1992 by the State Bar of Texas, the Pro Bono College recognizes attorneys who have far exceeded the State Bar's aspirational pro bono goal in their efforts to address the vast unmet legal needs of the poor.

To apply, attorneys may complete this application. The application period for the Pro Bono College begins January 1 and ends December 31. Membership must be renewed annually to remain an active member of the Pro Bono College. There is also an associate membership in the College recognizing the achievements of Texas paralegals in pro bono service.

For guidelines, the paralegal application, and more information, you may visit