Pro Bono in January

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) welcomed students with the University of Texas School of Law last week as they participated in their annual Pro Bono in January trip to bring access to justice to low-income Texas living along the border. Continue reading

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New Legal Clinic Kicks off in Bastrop County

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has partnered with the Bastrop County Bar Association and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) to begin providing free monthly legal advice clinics  to Bastrop-area residents.

The clinics will be held on the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. The first clinic will take place tonight, January 5th, from 4:15 to 6pm in the library of the Bastrop Intermediate School. Participants must sign in by 6pm to speak with an attorney. Continue reading

Pro Bono Volunteers Needed in the Rio Grande Valley

Across the Rio Grande Valley, residents are struggling to rebuild after heavy rains have caused damages to their homes and property. Many of them are now faced with pressing legal issues including problems with a landlord or mortgage company, filing insurance claims, applying for FEMA benefits, or replacing important legal documents. And many of them cannot afford the high cost of getting legal help.

Our advocates are overwhelmed by the number of Rio Grande Valley residents who need legal help in the aftermath of the floods and we can’t do it alone.

You can help. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is currently looking for pro bono attorney volunteers willing to represent low-income individuals with their legal problems related to the floods.

TRLA advocates will provide support and malpractice insurance to all volunteers. Time commitment varies, but our attorneys will discuss the commitment with you before you take a case so you know the work involved.

If you are interested in becoming a pro bono volunteer and playing an important role in the recovery process for Rio Grande Valley residents in need, please sign up with TRLA.

Law School Students Spend Spring Break Working on Access to Justice

Four students from St. Mary’s School of Law join TRLA Family Law attorneys for lunch during spring break 2015.

Nine law school students from across the state of Texas spent their Spring Break working on access to justice issues at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s Austin office.

Rather than spend their time at the beach, students from St. Mary’s School of Law and Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University braved the traffic caused by SXSW and worked with family law attorneys and Texas C-Bar to help with clients’ cases and local legal clinics.

Students from St. Mary’s School of Law were sponsored by the school’s Alternative Spring Break Program. Students from Thurgood Marshall School of Law were sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Our Spring Break law school interns had a great time with our Austin office.

 

Law School Students Join TRLA for Wills Clinic

Earlier this month, students from the University of Texas School of Law joined attorneys from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and the South Texas Civil Rights Project to host a wills clinic to benefit low-income residents of Hidalgo County.

Held at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus, the students met with clients and pro bono attorneys from the Hidalgo County Bar Association to draft and review the wills. The clinic, which lasted six hours, resulted in helping sixty-eight low income residents finalize their legal documents. Continue reading