Did You Hear the One about the Lawyer Who Worked for Free?
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Lawyers may be a popular target for late night TV hosts and talk radio pundits, but being on the receiving end of lawyer jokes has not stopped many Texas attorneys (and their counterparts nationwide) from regularly devoting their free time and expertise to needy clients free of charge.
Those good deeds have been particularly abundant lately in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s 3rd Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Bar associations and other legal groups are focusing their pro bono efforts from Oct. 23-29 as part of the nationwide effort. In Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, Fort Worth and Laredo, volunteer appreciation luncheons celebrated various pro-bono efforts and included discussions about access to legal services for the poor in those cities. In addition, legal aid clinics and pro bono workshops in Austin, Lubbock, Dallas, Harlingen and Edinburg were held to assist hundreds of low-income Texans, including a weeklong series of activities coordinated by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.
So the next time you hear another tired lawyer joke, don’t get mad. Let them know that lawyers helping people in need is no joke.
Posted: 10/27/2011 2:29:44 PM by
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