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 more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system.
Today, we are featuring David E. Grove a solo attorney with a practice in Beaumont specializing in criminal law, personal injury, family law, toxic torts, and environmental law.
Grove began his volunteer adventure with the Jefferson County Bar Association Pro Bono Program in 2001. Volunteering is second nature to Grove who always has two to three open pro bono cases. He has donated more than 656 hours since 2001, taking cases that involve family law, estate planning, license issues, and expunctions.
Grove volunteers for the bar association’s Veteran Legal Initiative, Pro Bono Program, LegalLine, and the annual fundraiser: Spindletop Spin. Pro bono coordinator Cindy Torrans says if she is in need of a volunteer, Grove is her go-to person.
To recognize dedicated pro bono volunteers, the Jefferson County Bar Association honors attorneys with the Mickey F. Mehaffy Pro Bono Award — Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. This award honors the individual volunteer attorney who has done outstanding pro bono work in the field of providing legal services to the indigent population and outstanding contribution to the program. The award was created in 1988 and is in memory of Mickey F. Mehaffy, a local attorney who assisted with the conception of the Pro Bono Program.
Grove received the Mickey F. Mehaffy Pro Bono Award in 2009, and will be receiving it again at a volunteer appreciation luncheon during the 2015 National Pro Bono Week celebration.
Show You Care: If your firm would like to learn how it can contribute to the pro bono community, please contact the State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Return to the Texas Bar Blog each day this week to read about another Texas pro bono volunteer making a difference in the lives of others.