Texas Bar Foundation Celebrates 50 Years of Giving Back

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: a single lawyer behaving badly will get far more attention than thousands of lawyers doing great things for, say, half a century.

Case in point: the Texas Bar Foundation. The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the nation, and its members – Texas attorneys chosen for their dedication to the profession and the administration of justice – have awarded more $16 million to charitable organizations throughout Texas since 1965. The funds are provided by lawyers and law firms who care deeply about their communities and wish to provide legal services but cannot afford them.

Recent contributions include the Texas Advocacy Project, which provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking all over the state. In 2014, the Project provided legal services to nearly 10,000 Texans. The Foundation also provided assistance to the Metroplex Military Charitable Trust, which provides economic support to local regular, reserve and retired military personnel. Over 70 percent of those who attend the Trust’s legal clinics are unemployed, and some are homeless.

Those are just two of the more than 1,100 grants the Foundation has made since 1965, including 72 this past year. And all was made possible by the lawyers of Texas getting together to make the world a better place.

Today is the Texas Bar Foundation’s 50th Anniversary.  Congratulations to the Foundation on 50 stellar years of serving the profession and the state of Texas – we look forward to the next 50!

Posted: 11/19/2015 11:08:29 AM by TCLE Editor | with 0 comments

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