State Bar Support

Besides Pro Bono Texas itself, here are some of the benefits the State Bar provides for pro bono attorneys. Contact us if you have any questions about these programs or have an idea about what else we should do to support your pro bono work.

State Bar Malpractice Insurance Network pays premiums for professional liability insurance for more than 55 legal aid and pro bono service programs throughout Texas. The insurance covers staff attorneys and pro bono volunteers for cases taken through approved legal aid and pro bono service programs. The State Bar Legal Access Division administers the network.

Tuition Waivers to TexasBarCLE courses are available for pro bono attorneys who are nominated by approved legal aid or pro bono service programs for their service.

Free membership in the Pro Bono College of the State Bar for attorneys who contribute a minimum of 75 hours or law students and paralegals who contribute a minimum of 50 hours of eligible pro bono legal services in a year. Benefits include a one-year free subscription to the TexasBarCLE Online Library (over a $295 value); a certificate signed by the State Bar President and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas; a subscription to the LegalFront e-newsletter; recognition at the State Bar Annual Meeting; and reduced tuition at the 3-day Annual Poverty Law Conference. more »

Pro Bono Mentor Program provides up to 5 hours of MCLE credit including 1 hour of ethics to attorneys participating as a “mentor” or “mentee” when handling a pro bono case for an approved legal aid or pro bono service program. more »

Free access to the Language Access Fund for telephonic, on-site, or video remote interpretation as well as document translation in pro bono cases taken through approved legal aid and pro bono service programs.

Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Participation Program enables you to continue doing pro bono work after you retire even if your license is no longer active and even if you are licensed in a state besides Texas. Participants are not required to pay dues or take CLE. more »