Pro Bono Superstar: Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Eduardo V. Rodriguez
Malaise Law Firm

For more than four years, Eduardo V. Rodriguez has served as a pro bono volunteer with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s Hidalgo County Community Justice Program (CJP).

According to Eduardo, the drive to be a pro bono volunteer is a natural aspect of his profession, “It is my belief that, as attorneys, we are charged with a moral obligation to do good in the community and to assist the less fortunate. Volunteering to represent the indigent population with legal matters is always a priority for me.” Continue reading


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. Continue reading

Advocates Come Together for 14th Annual Shelter Conference

Domestic violence survivor Yesica (right) thanks TRLA attorney Maricarmen Garza for helping her leave her abuser.

Last week week legal aid attorneys joined with advocates from Texas domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers for the 14th Annual Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Cross-Training Conference in San Antonio.

The advocates were welcomed to San Antonio by TRLA Executive Director David Hall and conference director Maricarmen Garza. Throughout the conference advocates heard presentations from state experts on issues including legislative advocacy, public housing, international child abduction, consumer advocacy, child support, and working with Child Protective Services. Continue reading

Why Do You Do Pro Bono?

Deanna L. Whitley

The Whitley Law Firm
San Antonio, TX

Deanna L. Whitley has a long-standing commitment to serving the underserved community. Deanna comes from a family with that same longstanding tradition. She was instrumental in developing mobile dental clinics to serve rural areas with no access to dental care with her family.

She has brought this commitment to her new law firm, The Whitley Law Firm, P.C., by choosing to office on the East Side of San Antonio in the same building in which her father brought dental services to this community and its predominantly low-income families for over forty years. Deanna often represents family law clients pro bono and volunteers her legal services whenever she gets the opportunity.

The Whitley Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to giving back not only to the community in which the business operates but all of San Antonio and surrounding areas.