Pro Bono Opportunties for Texas Lawyers
The Need for Pro Bono Advocacy
Although DRTx has no income requirements to receive assistance, most of our clients live at or below the poverty line. As of 2014, there is one Texas attorney for every 443 Texans that live above the poverty line. By contrast, there is only one legal aid Texas attorney for every 11,000 Texans that live below the poverty line. Texas ranks #50 out of 50 states in rendering effective and meaningful legal services to the poor.
Disability Rights Texas has 9 offices located in Houston, Dallas, Wichita Falls, Lubbock, El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, and McAllen that serve all 254 Texas counties. Legal services are provided by DRTx’s 33 attorneys and 42 non-attorney advocates, and by pro bono attorney volunteers, and legal clerks and interns.
Because of our limited resources, many requests for service receive only short term assistance and referral, even though the clients really want, and are often in desperate need of a higher level of legal representation.
Pro bono attorneys are vital to the success of Disability Rights Texas. Without our pro bono lawyers and law firm partners, the number of clients that we serve would be unacceptably limited. We rely on pro bono attorney volunteer hours to assist and support each legal issue team throughout Texas to advise, assist, and zealously represent our clients and protect their rights.
The Issue Teams
DRTx is organized by legal issue teams across the State of Texas. These teams are (click on each to learn more):
- “HEAT” – Housing, Employment, Accessibility, and Transportation
- CI/Healthcare – Community Integration and Healthcare
- “IRCL” – Institutional Rights and Civil Liberties
These individual teams operate all across the State and deliver specialized legal services, protection, and advocacy within that team’s specific area of expertise. This ensures that all DRTx clients receive legal services from the very best attorneys and advocates with the resources, training, knowledge, and experience to handle their individual case and meet their unique and often specialized needs. Each issue team has its own set of opportunities for pro bono volunteer advocacy. To find out more about the opportunities on each team, click on team name above.
If you are interested in becoming a DRTx Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney or scheduling a CLE for your office, firm, or corporate law department, please contact Cicely Reid, Pro Bono Coordinator, at 832.681.8216 or creid@DRTx.org OR complete our online form by clicking here.