Last night the Poverty Law Section of the State Bar of Texas recognized Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) attorney Fred Fuchs with the Noble Award.
Fuchs is an attorney and the housing group coordinator with TRLA. He teaches a Housing Clinic through the University of Texas at Austin each spring and is a Vietnam-era veteran.
Since 1976, Fred has been an advocate for the poor. While in law school Fred volunteered at Legal Aid of Central Texas (now Texas RioGrande Legal Aid) where he continued to work as an attorney upon his graduation. For more than 35 years, Fred has worked for legal aid and become one of the most well-known and respected authorities on housing law in the state. In Texas, Fuchs is considered the leading expert on housing law. He is also seen as a leading national expert on federally subsidized housing, public housing, rural rental housing, and the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program.
The Noble Award honors a Texas attorney for a lifetime of public service in promoting poverty law as a noble profession and for significant lifetime professional accomplishments in expanding high-quality legal services to low-income residents. The award was part of the 2015 Poverty Law Section Awards given out at their annual meeting.