Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Commitment to Victims of Violence

TRLA’s Stella Hernandez (right) and Danielle Gonzalez present awards to this year’s honorees.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has honored twelve Texas attorneys for their commitment to providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The attorneys were  recognized at TRLA’s 14th Annual Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Cross-Training Conference in San Antonio, The three-day conference brings together legal aid attorneys and staff from Texas domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to collaborate on best practices to help victims of violence. The attorneys received their awards at the conference’s closing luncheon on August 7th.

“Without these attorneys there are a countless number of victims who would not have received the help they needed to leave their abusers and protect their families,” said TRLA attorney and conference director Maricarmen Garza. “It is impossible to describe the value of their work.”

The attorneys recognized are:

  • Steven J. Medina of San Antonio
  • Robyn Katz of San Antonio
  • James G. Cramp of San Antonio
  • Edna Cedillo of Edinburg
  • Elizabeth Valdez Garza of Brownsville
  • Valerie Garcia of Harlingen
  • Raul Guajardo of Edinburg
  • Pedro Nieto of Uvalde
  • Anthony de la Vina of Laredo
  • Jane Shin of Austin
  • Ivan Friedman of San Marcos
  • Patrick Dee Bramblett of El Paso

Added Garza, “They have saved lives and protected families. On behalf of the people they’ve helped and the children they’ve protected, thank you.”

If you are interested in providing pro bono services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, sign up to be a pro bono volunteer with TRLA.


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