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    Law students take Pro Bono Pledge

    By Mason Jones
    Published: Feb. 20, 2012

    Students and faculty members from the university’s School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs traveled across the U.S.-Mexico border region to volunteer on a range of law-related projects and assist underserved communities. The trip was organized by the Law School’s Pro Bono Program, which engages law students in social justice work.

    In this audio slideshow, Tina Fernandez, director of the Law School’s Pro Bono Program, describes the work students did recently in Texas colonias to a backdrop of recent images. Colonias are unincorporated subdivisions created by developers for low-income individuals and are often characterized by a lack of basic services. Students met face-to-face with clients to assist with legal issues and applied lessons learned in the classroom to real life, said Fernandez.

    Photography by Stephanie Swope/University of Texas School of Law

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      Mason Jones said on Feb. 27, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
      Hi Daniel, The people they help are in the U.S. You can find more information about who the Pro Bono Program helps on their web site: http://www.utlawprobono.org/. Thanks! Mason Jones University Comunications
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      Yolanda said on Feb. 27, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
      DANIEL: the work is not done in Mexico. The story says the students traveled across the US-Mexico border region...not across the border (unless I'm wrong)...colonias exist on THIS side of the border...I know because I'm from the Valley...
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      Janette said on Feb. 27, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.
      This is awesome! Keep it up! Adelante!
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      Daniel said on Feb. 23, 2012 at 5:54 p.m.
      I don't understand why the pro-bono work is done in Mexico. You can't find any people to help in the US?
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