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American Bar Endowment opens 2020 Opportunity Grant cycle

The American Bar Endowment, or ABE, is now accepting applications for the 2020 Opportunity Grant Program. Grants go to support the development or expansion of new innovative, boots-on-the-ground programs and projects that serve the immediate and critical needs of the public and the legal profession. “Each year we look forward to supporting underserved communities through … Continue Reading

May must-reads

The heat is back, but we’re not talking about the weather. The May issue of the Texas Bar Journal hits mailboxes soon, but if you’re looking for a head start, we have you covered. Check out our editorial staff’s top picks: ABA TECHSHOW takeaways, pro bono opportunities in Alaska’s 2018 earthquake disaster response, an overview … Continue Reading

MidSouth Bank joins Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Prime Partner Bank program

MidSouth Bank has partnered with the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Prime Partner Bank program. As part of the program, MidSouth Bank will voluntarily pay higher interest rates for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, or IOLTA. “Many Texans face serious legal issues, such as escaping situations of domestic violence or avoiding foreclosure, and simply do … Continue Reading

Immigration and Nationality Law Section wins Pro Bono Texas section awards

The State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section took top honors for the highest total number of reported hours and the greatest percentage of member participation. Immigration and Nationality Law Section members provided 16,303 hours of pro bono service, and 17.2 percent of members participated in providing pro bono services. Section member Karen … Continue Reading

ABA recognizes Texas attorneys and law firms as Pro Bono Leaders

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service recognized six Texas attorneys and the Texas offices of two law firms for their participation during 2018 in the Texas Legal Answers and ABA Free Legal Answers programs. The attorneys recognized as ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders are Ujjayini Bose, … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight Day 5: Hailee Yip

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 21-27). 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 … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight Day 5: Jacqueline B. Williams

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 21-27). 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 … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight Day 4: Pilar Martinez

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 21-27). 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 … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight Day 4: John C. VanBuskirk

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 21-27). 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 … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight Day 3: Hannah Cramer

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 21-27). 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 … Continue Reading

KoonsFuller attorney leads pro bono case to help woman get conservatorship of children

Eight years ago, Katy Hayes, of Kingwood, lost all of her limbs due to a group A streptococcal, or GAS, infection following the home birth of her third child. Last year, Hayes filed for divorce from her husband, and after mediation with her former attorney, her ex-husband was awarded temporary conservatorship of their children. KoonsFuller … Continue Reading

Have you RSVP’d to pro bono week?

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Circuits and is reprinted with permission.  By Hannah Allison Texas is RSVP’ing YES to pro bono week this year. How about you? Not sure what it is? The Celebrate Pro Bono homepage reads, “…this initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the … Continue Reading

SBOT Litigation Section grant helps Houston Volunteer Lawyers assist low-income households after Hurricane Harvey

The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas has awarded a $25,000 grant to support Houston Volunteer Lawyers’ efforts to provide legal representation to low-income households who have a legal issue caused by Hurricane Harvey and who cannot afford an attorney, particularly in cases that involve litigation. According to a news release, Houston Volunteer … Continue Reading

Vick: Attorney volunteers needed at the border

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members on Thursday. I am writing with a quick update on the recent events occurring on our southern border. Although the Trump administration signed an executive order to end family separations, the need for volunteer attorneys remains strong—particularly Spanish-speaking immigration lawyers. … Continue Reading
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