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Dallas access to justice campaign brings in $1.1 million

The annual fundraising campaign for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program brought in more than $1.1 million in donations, the Dallas Bar Association recently announced. The Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’ Equal Access to Justice Campaign funds DVAP, which provides free civil legal assistance to more than 4,000 low-income families each year.… Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for Richmond-area veterans upcoming

Veterans or spouses of veterans in need of legal guidance can visit a free clinic from 9 a.m. to noon January 21 at the Richmond VA Outpatient Clinic, 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200. No appointment is necessary. At the clinic, veterans and/or their spouses can receive one-on-one advice from a volunteer attorney in any area of … Continue Reading

Dallas volunteer attorneys host free small business legal clinic

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) will hold a free small business legal clinic this month for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. The clinic, which will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St. in Dallas, will assist residents with legal counsel on starting and organizing … Continue Reading

TYLA’s Vote America! inspires high school seniors to participate in electoral process

Before the first ballot was cast in November, TYLA directors and officers broke from their office calendars and court dockets to make Vote America! presentations to high school seniors across Texas. Vote America! attempts to inspire civic engagement among high school students. In South Texas, the City of McAllen, McAllen Independent School District, and Hidalgo … Continue Reading

Houston young lawyers to bring holiday cheer to local students

Students in the Houston area will get some extra holiday cheer this season thanks to the Houston Young Lawyers Association and Houston Young Lawyers Foundation’s annual Adopt-An-Angel program. The program, which was started more than 10 years ago, is a partnership between local law firms, attorneys, and businesses working together to collect and deliver gifts … Continue Reading

Austin Bar awarded Texas Bar Foundation grant for self-help program

The Austin Bar Association will soon receive a $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to create training videos for volunteer attorneys helping self-representing litigants, the association announced in a news release Tuesday. The recently approved grant will fund the video project, which aims to streamline the training program for volunteer attorneys who assist pro … Continue Reading

Houston legal community raises $725K for pro bono

The Houston legal community raised more than $725,000 for pro bono at its annual fall event this month. The 67th Harvest Celebration—the largest fundraising event sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation, and Houston Bar Association Auxiliary—supports the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a project that provides free legal services for veterans, the elderly, those … Continue Reading

El Paso Bar hosts free clinic for veterans

The El Paso Bar Association hosted a free legal clinic for veterans on November 19. Seventeen attorney volunteers helped about 50 veterans during the event, which also featured speakers including El Paso city Rep. Emma Acosta and City Attorney Sylvia Firth, a minority director on the State Bar board. Photograph courtesy of the El Paso … Continue Reading

Houston Trial Lawyers Association taps new officers

The Houston Trial Lawyers Association elected its 2017 officers at its annual membership meeting November 15. Kevin M. Camp of Jones Granger will be president, Daniel D. Horowitz III of the Law Offices of Daniel D. Horowitz III will be president-elect, and Tobias A. Cole of Midani, Hinkle & Cole will be secretary-treasurer. The association … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar elects 2017 officers

The Dallas Bar Association elected its 2017 officers this month, including attorney Rob Crain as president, the organization announced in a news release. Crain, of Crain Lewis Brogdon and a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, will be the 108th president of the association, which is voluntary and serves more than 11,000 … Continue Reading

Dallas volunteer attorneys host free expunction clinic

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will hold a free expunction and non-disclosure clinic for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the West Dallas Multi-Purpose Community Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions and provide free legal assistance to low-income Dallas County residents. An … Continue Reading

Austin celebrates Adoption Day

Newly adopted children and their families celebrated at the Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center on November 3 as a part of Austin’s 15th Adoption Day. Austin Adoption Day is a partnership between the Austin Bar Association, Austin Bar Foundation, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Court Appointed Special Advocates with help from Travis County … Continue Reading

Houston Bar Association drive collects more than 27,000 books

The Houston Bar Association Lawyers for Literacy Committee brought in 27,480 books during its annual fall book drive in September and October. Over 50 volunteers sorted and boxed the donated books, which were distributed to 34 community shelters, hospitals, missions, veterans’ residential facilities, agencies, and literacy programs throughout the Houston area, the bar association said … Continue Reading

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program plans 10 free legal clinics in November

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will hold 10 free legal clinics in November, providing consultation in civil matters to Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. Applicants are asked to bring proof of income, identification, and legal papers with them to the clinic. Schedules and locations are as follows: Veterans Resource Center (for veterans and their … Continue Reading

Tarrant County Bar celebrates pro bono with annual luncheon

The Tarrant County Bar Foundation celebrated pro bono efforts and raised money to improve access to justice at its annual luncheon this month. The Advocates for Justice Luncheon October 13 in Fort Worth benefited the foundation’s pro bono and community service programs and recognized the work of LegalLine, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans—Tarrant County Chapter, … Continue Reading

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program honors pro bono work

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program recognized the work of legal professionals who dedicated nearly 36,000 hours of free legal service over the past year. The program—a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas—hosted its 34th Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception Tuesday, where judges, attorneys, law firms, court reporters, and … Continue Reading

DVAP celebrates pro bono week with events, clinic, awards

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program is holding a weeklong pro bono celebration with several continuing legal education classes, a free volunteer legal clinic, and other events. National Celebrate Pro Bono Week runs Oct. 23-29. The Dallas events are part of an effort to meet the ever-growing needs of the country’s most vulnerable citizens by encouraging … Continue Reading

Denton Bar, TYLA to host probate CLE

The Denton County Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, and State Bar of Texas are teaming up to offer a probate law CLE next month. The Beyond the Basics seminar, a skills-focused course aimed at two- to eight-year practitioners, will include topics such as litigation standing, fee disputes, and managing clients and feature experienced attorneys … Continue Reading