The Texas Bar College, with assistance from the Texas Bar College Endowment Fund, donated $10,000 to both the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and Lone Star Legal Aid to assist with post-Hurricane Harvey needs.

“The Texas Bar College board unanimously approved the donation to assist these two organizations in recovery efforts and all the victims of the hurricane’s legal issues,” Texas Bar College Executive Director Merianne Gaston said.

Gaston said the decision was made in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, noting that Lone Star Legal Aid’s building burned as a result of the storm.

According to its website, the Texas Bar College’s mission is “(1) to recognize and encourage lawyers, paralegals and judges who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public by significant voluntary participation in legal education; (2) to promote among members of the State Bar and the general public the educational and public purposes of the College and its members; (3) to recognize and encourage the outstanding service to the legal profession and the public; and (4) to sponsor or otherwise assist in educational activities of significant merit and widespread relevance and applicability to the legal profession.”

The Texas Bar College Endowment Fund was “established by the Texas Bar College to promote professionalism of lawyers. The Fund will underwrite Texas Bar College CLE Programs for members, underwrite scholarships for Legal Aid Program lawyers, as well as other special requests for educational assistance.”

For more information on membership in the college, visit the website or call Gaston at (512) 427-1819 or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1819.