Unpaid Lawyers Perform Critical Duties During Recession

One of the strange byproducts of a major economic downturn is that the divorce rate actually decreases even though financial issues put so much additional strain on marriages that one would expect the divorce rate to go up.  Why the anomaly?  Because people can’t afford to get divorced, which usually prolongs the misery and suffering for those in irretrievably broken marriages, preventing them from moving on with their lives for months or years.    

Fortunately, volunteer attorneys from the Dallas Bar Association are lending a helping hand.  The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program – a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas – is holding a free divorce clinic to assist qualifying low-income clients with uncontested divorces.  The clinic will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Belo Mansion at 2101 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas.  It is just one of the many clinics that DVAP organizes in the Dallas area each month.

Needless to say, these attorneys don’t do this for the money; they do it out of a genuine concern for those with unmet legal needs and to continue a long tradition of local bar associations providing basic legal services for free for those who can’t afford it.   It’s just another example of ways in which caring lawyers are quietly making their communities better. 

Posted: 1/17/2012 9:59:16 AM by Editor | with 0 comments

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