Maxie L. Houser
I believe in the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, which states, “I commit myself to an adequate and effective pro bono program.” Also, as a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, I subscribe to the belief that lawyers should contribute not only to the legal profession but also to the community. As a Rotarian and a Christian, I believe “service above self” is a worthy goal.
I am grateful for the many benefits received by volunteering with TRLA, among those being valuable, convenient, and free Continuing Legal Education opportunities, the screening done by TRLA to identify those with genuine need, help with exceptional, necessary expenses incurred in performing our services, and the association with the fine folks at TRLA!
Such need exists in our community for volunteer lawyers’ services. I applaud those associated with TRLA for their commitment to providing services to protect the rights of those who cannot protect themselves. According to TRLA, “ Each year, TRLA helps more than 20,000 low-income Texans get access to civil justice.” Still, the thirst for legal services is not quenched. We must each encourage fellow lawyers to volunteer.
This post is part of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s recognition of Celebrate Pro Bono Week 2011.