August is Pro Bono Month in Dallas

A joint effort by members the Dallas Bar Association, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will bring attorneys together with Dallas County residents in need of pro bono representation as part of a month-long series that runs through the end of August.

The programs, which are taking place during eight free clinics at various Dallas-area locations, will allow deserving individuals to get professional advice on a variety of legal matters, from divorce and custody matters to landlord/tenant disputes to bankruptcy issues. No criminal or immigration assistance will be provided. Eligible participants must be Dallas County residents and meet other income-related qualifications. Those who do not qualify will be provided with a list of other resources within the county that may provide assistance.

Kudos to these groups and the many attorneys who are taking time away from their paying clients to provide this invaluable service. Providing legal counsel to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it is one of the cornerstones of the legal profession, not to mention that it’s simply the right thing to do. With eight different pro bono programs spread across a variety of locations, this August may be remembered for more than the sweltering heat in Big D.

Posted: 8/23/2012 6:21:51 AM by Editor | with 0 comments

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