Sections Challenge

The State Bar of Texas launched the inaugural Pro Bono Reporting Challenge in an effort to recognize bar sections for pro bono participation, grow the competitive spirit among the sections, and enhance the culture of pro bono in Texas. Clearly, the challenge has worked. Virtually every section reported more hours in 2015 than they did in 2014.

Almost every section also increased the number of members participating in the challenge by reporting their hours, with the top sections nearly doubling their participation rate. Now the Legal Access Division challenges all of the sections to reach 100% participation.

By reporting their hours, members help highlight the importance of pro bono in meeting the legal needs of low-income Texans, provide much-needed support for funding requests for legal services programs, and improve the public perception of lawyers—not to mention earn bragging rights for their section!

2015 Winners

Total hours: Family Law

Participation: Immigration and Nationality Law

Total pro bono hours reported by section members

2015: 32,634