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Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises $404,000

Veterans across Texas were honored at the Champions for Justice Gala Benefitting Veterans on April 25. More than $404,000 was raised to provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans at the event. The gala, co-sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas, was held at the AT&T Executive Education … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Foundation announces David Hall Fellowship program

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation recently announced the creation of the David Hall Fellowship program for legal aid attorneys. TAJF will fund and administer the four-year fellowship for an attorney to provide civil legal services to the 68 counties covered by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. The fellowship honors David Hall, who led TRLA for … Continue Reading

Apffel: State Bar incubator is producing success stories

Editor’s note: The following column also appears in the January 2018 issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Did you know that the State Bar of Texas will soon have one of the largest legal incubators anywhere? And that the program is helping not only new attorneys but also people who normally can’t afford legal services? The … Continue Reading

Texas’ newest lawyers are sworn in at induction ceremony

The newest group of Texas attorneys took the Lawyer’s Oath Monday morning at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Members of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, deans from Texas law schools, and representatives from the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Board of Law Examiners welcomed hundreds of law … Continue Reading

San Antonio Bar Association rallies pro bono volunteers to assist Sutherland Springs victims

In a message to members, San Antonio Bar Association President Beth Watkins said the need for legal services for those affected by the recent mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church will likely exceed what the legal community in that area can provide. The San Antonio Bar Association predicts there will be a need … Continue Reading

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program provides free legal clinics for area residents

The Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas will hosts 11 free legal clinics in October for eligible Dallas County residents. The clinics offer free legal advice and consultation in civil matters for those residents who meet certain income requirements under Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas guidelines. Applicants are asked to bring proof … Continue Reading

SBOT, ABA presidents visit Houston to promote free legal services offered in Harvey recovery

  American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass met with State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick and Houston Bar Association President Alistair Dawson, among other local leaders, as they visited a volunteer-run legal clinic and disaster relief training seminar on Monday. Bass’ trip to Houston promoted free services offered by legal aid agencies, local bars … Continue Reading

Free legal classes for flood victims at “People’s Law School”

Editor’s note: The Houston Bar Association issued the following news release Thursday.  This is your chance to learn more about your legal rights, and have fun at the same time. Best of all, it is absolutely free. On Saturday, September 30th, the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, with the … Continue Reading

Texas Legal Answers adds disaster category, volunteers to help with Harvey relief

Texas Legal Answers is a free online legal advice clinic where people can post their non-criminal legal questions and receive answers from volunteer lawyers. The site—TexasLegalAnswers.org—is the product of a partnership between the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, dozens of attorney volunteers have joined Texas … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Harvey Media Reports – Sept. 6, 2017

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. Important Harvey Links If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Harvey Media Reports – Sept. 5, 2017

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. Important Harvey Links If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Harvey Media Reports – Sept. 1, 2017

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a colleague, please take … Continue Reading

Hundreds of lawyers, law students, and paralegals step up to help Harvey survivors

Hundreds of lawyers, law students, and paralegals have volunteered to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. As of Thursday morning a total of 1,150 individuals had filled out the State Bar of Texas volunteer form to offer a variety of assistance to Harvey survivors. Of those, 556 are licensed Texas attorneys, 469 are lawyers licensed … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas joins with ABA, FEMA to assist Harvey survivors

The State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other organizations have partnered to help provide legal and recovery assistance to people affected by Hurricane Harvey. A toll-free legal hotline (800-504-7030) is available to connect low-income individuals affected by the disaster with local legal aid providers who … Continue Reading

State Bar compiling Harvey-related free legal clinics

The State Bar of Texas is compiling a list of free legal clinics for the public in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The clinic list is updated regularly on the Bar’s Disaster Relief Resources web page texasbar.com/disasters. The clinics can help with insurance questions, landlord tenant matters, consumer and real estate problems, and offer guidance … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court congratulates first TOJI cohort

The 10 members of the first cohort of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator received words of support and encouragement from the Texas Supreme Court on June 13, 2017. Justice Phil Johnson spoke to the group gathered in the courtroom and reminded them of their important role in helping those who need access to justice. … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala raises over $560,000 for veterans

The 2017 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raised $560,200 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. The eighth annual gala, held Wednesday in Austin, has raised more than $3 million since its inception. The State Bar of Texas underwrites the event to ensure that proceeds go to helping veterans get legal … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Commission kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The Texas Access to Justice Commission kicked off the 2017 Justice for All Campaign this week, which aims to raise funds for legal aid efforts. Each day, dedicated legal aid defenders, pro bono attorneys, and access to justice supporters rise to the occasion in pursuit of justice for all. United with one goal, they assist low-income … Continue Reading

Register now to attend University of Houston’s “People’s Law School”

The “People’s Law School” returns to the University of Houston on April 1. The event, sponsored by the Houston Lawyer Referral Service and the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, will host more than 40 volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors as they teach courses for the public in 15 … Continue Reading
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