Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is proud to join the American Bar Association in recognizing the third annual National Pro Bono Celebration from October 23rd to 29th. In doing so, we acknowledge the more than 2500 private attorneys who join us in securing access to justice for the poor every year.
There is only one legal aid attorney for every 12,000 low-income Texans. Every day we meet families on the verge of losing their homes, victims of domestic violence trying to escape their abusers, and people struggling to put food on the table. And every year TRLA turns away more than 20,000 of these families because we did not have the resources to help everyone. Budget cuts on the state and federal levels, combined with a struggling economy, are only increasing the number of people who need our help and the number we have to turn away.
That’s why pro bono attorneys are so critical to ensuring the doors of justice are kept open to all Texans. It would be impossible to meet the legal needs of low-income Texans without their help.
To the numerous private attorneys who have donated their time to assisting our clients, thank you. Without you, many low-income Texans would be denied the help they need to find justice. To those of you looking for an opportunity to join the cause, please consider joining Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in our fight for access to justice.
In recognition of this week and our amazing volunteers, TRLA will be holding several events throughout Teas over the next few days. We invite you to join us in our celebration and as we continue to fight on behalf of the poor.
Executive Director, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
This post is part of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s recognition of Celebrate Pro Bono Week 2011.