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December 18, 2017 - Publications

Finding Access through Interpretation

When the police responded to a domestic violence call at Layla’s house, they took Layla and her children to a women’s shelter. She’d attempted to leave several times before, but each time her husband would force her back home. With assistance from the women’s shelter staff and a local community program, Layla gathered enough courage to reach out to legal aid. A Texas resident for several years, Layla spoke English but wasn’t proficient enough to convey or understand some of the complex legal terms she knew would be involved if she tried to get legal help. She would need an interpreter.  More »

December 18, 2017 - Publications

Step Into My Shoes: The Experience of Legal Aid Clients

Learn about the two very different paths a legal aid client could take in the face of a life-changing legal issue.  More »

November 20, 2017 - Press Release

UNT Dallas College of Law Soaks up the Spotlight

The Commission presented John VanBuskirk, a third-year law student enrolled at the UNT Dallas College of Law, with the Law Student Pro Bono Award, and UNT Dallas College of Law Dean Royal Furgeson was presented the Law School Commitment to Service Award on behalf of the law school during the New Lawyer Induction Ceremony in Austin. More »

October 27, 2017 - Publications

A Celebration that lasts longer than a moment

If ever someone was to question whether attorneys still possess a spirit of pro bono, one needs to look no further than the overwhelming outpour of attorney volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Over 2,300 lawyers in Texas and around the nation demonstrated their commitment to helping others as they offered their services, including staffing shifts at shelters and fielding questions through the online portal, Texas Legal Answers. As National Pro Bono week comes to an end… More »

October 27, 2017 - Publications

Quality legal services for those who need them most

The Commission’s James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award recipient, Efrén Olivares shares his childhood experiences as an immigrant that fuel his passion for the work he does with the Texas Civil Rights Project and affirms his strong belief in the life-changing power of pro bono work. More »

October 27, 2017 - Publications

Increasing Access to Justice - A Corporate Counsel Perspective

Pamela St. John, the Commission’s Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award recipient, offers her perspective on reaching beyond your comfort zone to do pro bono work. “I remember my first pro bono case like it was yesterday. I was a young lawyer in Houston and went with a small group of attorneys from my commercial litigation law firm…” More »

October 27, 2017 - Publications

Remembering Our Heroes

The “Remembering Our Heroes” campaign aims to recognize veterans and active duty military personnel by allowing contributors to make a donation to the endowment in their name. As a result of their donation, the Foundation will honor these service members through a series of events leading up to and surrounding Veterans Day. More »