At its annual meeting in Austin, the Texas Poverty Law Section honored TRLA attorney Kevin Dietz with its 2009 Impact Award for his work and accomplishments in poverty law.
The Impact Awards honor a Texas attorney or poverty law professional for a significant poverty law case which had a broad impact on low-income Texans. Dietz received the award for his work as the lead attorney in TRLA’s defense of the mothers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in their child custody cases more than one year ago.
According to his nominator, “Kevin recognized the importance of this case, not only to the individual lives of these mothers and children, but to due process for all poor Texans. His work not only had an impact on the families personally involved in this case, but on all poor Texas parents who are subject to CPS involvement.”
Dietz, along with a team of a dozen TRLA employees, devoted countless hours to representing forty-five mothers in their legal battles with the state of Texas. It was TRLA’s legal work on the case that resulted in the return of 435 children to their parents after being in state custody for nearly two months.
Dietz is the team manager of TRLA’s family law group and has worked with the organization since 2001. He has worked with legal aid organizations since 1995.