The University of Texas School of Law’s Pro Bono Program, in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration, has planned several events for students and the community Oct. 20 to 26, that emphasize the role of UT Law in delivering pro bono services. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Clinic UT Law’s Immigration […]
Second-year UT Law students Paige Armstrong-Gutierrez and Nora Gay have been awarded Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year, each receiving $4,500 for committing to work 300 pro bono hours during the school year. The pro bono work will be with nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to underserved individuals or […]
On January 6–11, 2013, the Pro Bono Program will take thirty students as well as several faculty members to the Texas Rio Grande Valley during the second week of January. This will be Pro Bono in January’s fourth year in the Valley. This year the Pro Bono Program is partnering with the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin to organize clinics in the San Juan area to assist pro se youth to petition for relief under the recently launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At the clinics, students and volunteer attorneys will help high-school DACA petitioners (aka “DREAMers”) complete forms and compile documents to file with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
In recognition of National Pro Bono Week (October 21–27, 2012), the UT Law Pro Bono Program celebrates law students’ volunteer efforts in underserved areas of Texas through Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Rural Outreach Initiative. Over the 2011–2012 school year, fourteen students assisted TRLA with the project. This fall nine students have volunteered, and students will also have the opportunity to work on the project in the spring.
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, an initiative of the State Bar of Texas, makes it easy for bar associations and attorneys to provide legal assistance to U.S. veterans in need.
Three students at the University of Texas School of Law have been selected to receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships for the 2011–2012 academic year. Students who receive the $4,500 scholarships commit to working three hundred pro bono hours during the school year with a nonprofit organization providing legal services to underserved individuals or communities.
Law School students and alumni provided pro bono legal advice to victims of the recent wildfires in Central Texas. Hundreds of people in and near Bastrop, about thirty miles east of Austin, have lost their homes or experienced significant damages.
On January 9–14, 2011, thirty-three students and four faculty members from the University of Texas School of Law spent the last week of their winter break in the Texas Rio Grande Valley helping to provide pro bono legal assistance in underserved communities.
Joining the American Bar Association’s weeklong National Pro Bono Celebration, the UT Law Pro Bono Program will host two related events highlighting the importance of pro bono work in the legal profession—a book talk by Ian Graham, author of Unbillable Hours: A True Story, and a screening of the film Mario’s Story.