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. 23-29). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system.
During the week we will feature stories of pro bono volunteers that first appeared in LegalFront, an electronic publication put out by the Legal Access Division of the State Bar of Texas.
Deborah Phipps – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’s Lubbock office
Deborah Phipps, a retired registered nurse, became a lay volunteer with the Lubbock office of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’ Equal Justice Volunteer Program in 2014. Her passion for legal aid service began with family: Phipps’ daughter is a legal aid attorney in New York and through her daughter, she experienced first-hand the important work carried out by legal service programs.
Phipps got in touch with Lubbock’s EJVP Coordinator, Rosa Price, and began volunteering at several of the evening legal clinics held in Lubbock. Today, Phipps assists Price with a range tasks for an active program that averages four legal clinics a month and serves some 60 applicants.
“Deborah is hardworking, giving, compassionate, and eager to help out in whatever way she can,” Price told LegalFront.