Foster Youth Participates in the Court Process For the First Time Thanks to Video Conferencing

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Brandon,* an 18 year-old in extended foster care, recently participated in his CPS court hearing for the first time thanks to the power of video conferencing and work from the Office of Court Administration and TRLA’s Foster Youth Justice Project. Continue reading Foster Youth Participates in the Court Process For the First Time Thanks to Video Conferencing

Law School Students Spend Spring Break Working on Access to Justice

Four students from St. Mary’s School of Law join TRLA Family Law attorneys for lunch during spring break 2015.

Nine law school students from across the state of Texas spent their Spring Break working on access to justice issues at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s Austin office.

Rather than spend their time at the beach, students from St. Mary’s School of Law and Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University braved the traffic caused by SXSW and worked with family law attorneys and Texas C-Bar to help with clients’ cases and local legal clinics.

Students from St. Mary’s School of Law were sponsored by the school’s Alternative Spring Break Program. Students from Thurgood Marshall School of Law were sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Our Spring Break law school interns had a great time with our Austin office.

 

Rio Grande Valley Students Spend Spring Break with Legal Aid

Student volunteers

Instead of heading to the beach for their Spring Break, students from the South Texas College Paralegal Program joined Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) to host a wills clinic in the Rio Grande Valley to benefit low-income Texans. The clinic was held Tuesday, March 10th in Edcouch, TX. Continue reading Rio Grande Valley Students Spend Spring Break with Legal Aid

Legal Aid Advocates Come Together to Plan for the Future

Attorney Kevin Dietz leads a group meeting of family law advocates.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid advocates came together for 3 days in Concan, TX to assess the current state of our services and learn new ways to fight for access to justice.

The retreat, a triennial tradition, featured opportunities for staff to discuss best practices, review changes to laws that affect our clients, and learn from each other’s expertise. Practice areas held group meetings to review issues being faced by the client population while general sessions were held on topics including attorneys fees, funding restrictions, and helping clients in crisis. Continue reading Legal Aid Advocates Come Together to Plan for the Future

Law School Students Join TRLA for Wills Clinic

Earlier this month, students from the University of Texas School of Law joined attorneys from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and the South Texas Civil Rights Project to host a wills clinic to benefit low-income residents of Hidalgo County.

Held at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus, the students met with clients and pro bono attorneys from the Hidalgo County Bar Association to draft and review the wills. The clinic, which lasted six hours, resulted in helping sixty-eight low income residents finalize their legal documents. Continue reading Law School Students Join TRLA for Wills Clinic

Bankruptcy Bar Contributes $15,000 to Help Legal Aid

A holiday fundraiser honoring retiring Judge Richard S. Schmidt donated its proceeds to TRLA

The Rio Grande Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association and Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas have donated a total of $15,000 to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to help further access to justice for low-income Texans.

The monies come as a result of a holiday fundraiser held last month to mark the retirement of Judge Richard S. Schmidt. Continue reading Bankruptcy Bar Contributes $15,000 to Help Legal Aid