All of these ideas
are good in theory
but they cost money.
reduced rate fees for clients in with family law, consumer law and contract drafting needs.
Large law firms are involved too. Vinson Elkins, among other initiatives, provide pro
bono services in the appellate courts. Skadden Arps provides a two-year fellowship to some of its
associates who take pro bono cases. Other law firms and solo practitioners spend countless hours
doing pro bono work.
All of these ideas are good in theory but they cost money. What are some ways to finance these
ideas? The Texas Bar Foundation works with many others to provide financial resources for pro bono
representation. This past year the foundation has funded the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Outreach
Initiative. This program advises rural resident s of their rights and legal services. The foundation has
also provided pro bono funds for victims of domestic violence to seek help in obtaining protective orders
and helped fund a monthly mobile clinic to provide information on immigration law. Additionally, the
foundation assists Catholic Charities in offering pro bono representation for low-income individuals
and helped fund a contract attorney for Shelter Ministries of Dallas. Finally, the initiative providing
funding for Lone Star Legal Aid to hire an attorney for the Military and Veterans Unit.