Many Texans have been affected by Winter Storm Uri, which was a major winter and ice storm that hit Texas on February 13, 2021. There are many opportunties for Texas lawyers and lawyers licensed out of state to help survivors of Winter Storm Uri.
Attorneys Who Reside In Texas
Are you an attorney licensed in Texas and interested in helping survivors of Winter Storm Uri? Volunteer through the Pro Bono Opportunity Portal under "Disaster Relief Opportunities".
New Opportunities Volunteer Attorney (NOVA) Pro Bono Program: (1) inactive attorneys licensed in Texas and (2) attorneys living in Texas and licensed out of state who are in good standing, may participate in the NOVA Program and provide pro bono legal services in Texas with an approved organization. To learn more about the NOVA Program, visit TexasBar.com/NOVA.
Attorneys Who Reside Out of State
The Supreme Court of Texas issued an Emergency Order after Winter Storm Uri permitting out of state lawyers to practice Texas law temporarily. Out of state lawyers must meet the following criteria:
- the attorney is in good standing and authorized to practice law with the entity that governs the practice of law in the jurisdiction where the attorney is licensed;
- the attorney agrees to abide by the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and to submit to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas;
- the attorney is providing pro bono services through a legal-aid organization, pro bono program, or a bar association that provides services to victims of Winter Storm Uri; and
- the attorney registers to provide services through a legal aid or pro bono program at www.probonotexas.org/uri before providing services under this Order.
Registration Application for Out of State Attorneys Interested in Providing Pro Bono Legal Services to Winter Storm Uri Survivors: REGISTER HERE
For a copy of the Order, click here.