Dallas Lawyer Offers to Represent Syrian Refugees. For Free.

A good lawyer is not afraid to wade into controversial matters when people’s rights may be at risk, even when it may subject the lawyer to negative feedback from others (remember Atticus Finch?). In Dallas, appellate lawyer Jason Steed is honoring that long tradition by offering to represent any Syrian refugees in Texas free of charge.  

Steed recently sent this Twitter message: "Texas folks: if you know any Syrian refugee facing adverse action from the State of Texas, let me know. I'll help any way I can. Pro bono." Steed reportedly says he was inspired to make the offer based on the “outrageousness” of elected officials in attempting to ban Syrian refugees from settling in this state.

To say this issue is controversial does not fully capture the ferocity of the debate. But, like many of these issues, the courts will resolve them in a much more civil fashion than the tone of the public discourse would suggest. Already the subject of a lawsuit between Texas and the Federal government in Dallas, it’s not hard to imagine that these refugees will soon, too, need legal counsel.  

Should it come to that, lawyers such as Steed will ensure that they also get their day in court.  


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