The State Bar of Texas has a longstanding commitment to fostering a culture of pro bono service in our state. However, 2013 marked the beginning of a new phase of that commitment when the bar began creating new programs and services to support pro bono attorneys and the legal aid providers where they volunteer.
We also began hosting “Community Conversations” to learn more about the culture of pro bono around the state. We heard—and continue to hear—from pro bono attorneys, local bar leaders, legal aid providers, judges, law firms, law schools, corporate counsel, paralegals, law libraries, legal aid funders, and others about the successes and challenges of pro bono in their communities and their ideas about how the bar can help. One of the things we heard was that many people don’t know about the bar’s programs and services for pro bono attorneys and the information can be hard to track down because it is in so many different places. Thus, the idea for Pro Bono Texas was born.
Thank you for being a part of Pro Bono Texas!