Robert Doggett will succeed David Hall as the executive director of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid beginning January 6, 2018.

Doggett has spent 27 years litigating precedent-setting cases for TRLA and other legal aid groups as a general counsel.

“We are fortunate to have someone like Robert take on leadership of TRLA,” Hall said. “He has been a powerful, tireless advocate for low-income Texans, acting as counsel or co-counsel in cases that have benefited not only our individual clients but also their larger communities. Under his leadership, TRLA will continue its trajectory as an aggressive defender of the people often least able to defend themselves.”

Hall led TRLA through its 40-year development, serving about 25,000 Texans each year. Since 1970, the non-profit organization has provided free legal services across 68 counties in Texas. TRLA attorneys specialize in more than three dozen areas of law, including colonias and real estate, civil rights, environmental justice, labor and employment, and border issues.

“TRLA is an exemplary legal services program because of the dedication, passion, and talent of its staff,” Hall said. “I am leaving with full confidence that those attributes will sustain this program for decades to come as a zealous force for the communities it serves.”

Doggett described his new role as “a great honor, and greater responsibility. David has cut the path for us for 40 years, and I intend to help keep us on it.”

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