Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is proud to join the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and legal aid organizations throughout the state in recognizing this week as Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week.

Throughout the week, TRLA will be providing free legal services for Texas veterans at various events throughout the state. A complete list of events is available at http://texaslawhelp.org/veterans. Continue reading

12 Attorneys Become Members of US Supreme Court

Twelve Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) attorneys became members of the bar of the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 6th. The Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson, former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, moved for their admission.

Representing five different TRLA offices, the attorneys joining the membership of the highest Court in the United States include: Rebecca Flanigan (Corpus Christi); Blair Craddock and Daniela Dwyer (Weslaco); Veronica Carbajal (El Paso); Sarah Donaldson (San Antonio); and Maricarmen Garza; Nelson Mock; Fabiola Flores; Danielle Gonzalez; Robert Garza; Jaqueline Davis; and Shelli Egger (Austin).

TRLA Intern Receives National Recognition

TRLA intern Osvaldo Lopez

TRLA intern Osvaldo Lopez has been recognized by the Marguerite Casey Foundation with the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation recognized 12 community leaders with the award in honor of their vision, passion and dedication to improving the lives of families in their communities. Each of the honorees receives an award of $5,000 in recognition of their leadership. Continue reading

10 Years Later: The Fight for Overdue Justice

A previous version of this story originally appeared in the Spring 2007 edition of the TRLA Times.

The Evictions Start
In Summer 2006, TRLA law clerks, paralegals, and attorneys started to receive a trickle of phone calls. A handful of hurricane evacuees in Austin had found eviction notices placed on their doors. For months, as part of FEMA’s short-term housing program, cities across Texas paid rent to landlords for evacuees staying in apartments and motels while evacuees applied for long-term FEMA housing assistance. But when FEMA announced its plans to end its short-term housing program, some evacuees faced losing the roofs over their heads. Continue reading