Pablo Almaguer, formerly the branch manager of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s Edinburg office, has taken on a new role as the agency’s Pro Bono Coordinator.
Having been with TRLA since 1997, Almaguer is also the Minority Director of the State Bar of Texas. He has worked with numerous teams within TRLA including civil litigation, family law, and domestic violence.
With this new position, Almaguer hopes to increase private attorney involvement throughout our service area and bridge the communication gap between people interested in donating their time and TRLA’s opportunities.
“Ideally TRLA will have pro bono programs throughout the state that resemble what we are able to do in Bexar County and the Rio Grande Valley,” said Almaguer. “The work of the Community Justice Programs in those areas is the standard.”
For the last several years TRLA has worked with local bar associations to develop Community Justice Programs in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. The programs pair TRLA attorneys with community volunteers to offer free legal clinics to people in need of help on civil legal issues.
Added Almaguer, “Pro bono volunteers are critical to meeting the legal needs of low-income Texans. If they’ve never volunteered, now is the ideal time.”