Generous Lawyers in North Texas

A group of North Texas lawyers are doing their part to help the community by providing tens of thousands of hours of free legal work during the past year for those who typically can’t afford expert legal advice.

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint effort of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with an awards reception in Dallas. The DVAP announced that its volunteer lawyers have contributed more than 43,000 pro bono hours for North Texas residents in the last year alone. Even if the typical charge for this work were $100 an hour – certainly too low given the lawyers involved – the value of that work would be well over $4 million. 

Dallas’ KoonsFuller took home the Lisa Blue & Fred Baron Access to Justice Award, with Weil, Gotshal & Manges associate John O’ Connor earning Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year honors. O’Connor was recognized for his significant efforts, including providing more than 500 hours of pro bono work during a three-month span during the past year. Fulbright & Jaworski was honored as the Pro Bono Firm of the Year based on nearly 2,000 hours of pro bono work contributed by the firm’s attorneys.

Famous “lawyers” like Nancy Grace and Gloria Allred get more attention, but these Texas lawyers are doing far more to help real people with real issues than any TV show host or press conference professional could ever hope to accomplish. 

And they deserve our collective thanks.  

Posted: 12/17/2012 12:00:00 AM by Editor | with 0 comments

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