Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
EQUAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
2008 ANNUAL WORK PLAN
ADOPTED BY THE
LANWT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
December 15, 2007
"EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW"
Over 50 years of civil legal aid to the low-income community in North & West Texas
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LANWT Board of Directors PAI Resolution ………………………………………………………………… 3-4
Equal Justice Volunteer Program Leadership Team …..…………………………………………………… 5
Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Program Oversight …………………………………………………………………………………………… 6-7
Case Priorities ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
Engaging a Network of Volunteers ……………………………………………………………….………..... 7-8
Recruitment and Retention Methods ….………………………………………………………..……..….… 8-9
Delivery Model-Providing Legal Aid to Clients ………………………………………………………..…… 10-11
Partnerships to Enhance Client Services …………………………………..……………………………….. 11-13
Program Effectiveness and Quality Control ……………………………………………..………………… 14-15
Resource Development …………………………………………………………………………………..….. 15
Market Value of Volunteer Services ..……………………………………………………………………… 16
2008 EJVP Branch Office Goals ..………………………………………………………………………….. 16-21
Appendix-Participating Bar Associations ………………………………………………………….……… 22-23
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF LEGAL AID OF NORTHWEST TEXAS
In Support of Enhanced Private Attorney Involvement
With LSC-Funded Programs
Whereas, the Legal Services Corporation and the programs it funds, including Legal Aid of
NorthWest Texas, have long recognized that the overarching values of private attorney involvement
to LSC-funded programs are increased access, increased human and capital resources, and increased
pro bono commitment; and
Whereas, at its April 2007 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation
adopted Resolution 2007-003 supporting and encouraging private attorney involvement and urging
governing boards of LSC-funded programs to collaborate with other organizations to effectively
engage lawyers in pro bono representation and other services that benefit low-income persons; and
Whereas, the LSC Board of Directors resolution builds upon the following national LSC
The October 2005 LSC report, Documenting the Justice Gap in America: The Current Unmet
Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans, which found that 50 percent of the potential
clients requesting assistance from an LSC grantee were turned away for lack of resources on the
part of the program;
The LSC Strategic Directions 2006-2010, which calls upon the LSC to increase public
awareness of and support for legal services to low-income persons in order to respond
appropriately to more of their legal needs;
The LSC Performance Criteria, which consider, in evaluating a program’s legal representation
and other activities intended to benefit the low-income population in its service area, whether
that program effectively integrates private attorneys into its work in order to supplement the
amount and effectiveness of its representation and other services;
The Provision for the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the LSC Board of Directors
2006 meetings, which highlighted the potential, opportunities and challenges of private attorney
involvement and determined ways in which this critical resource can be used more effectively
by LSC-funded programs as a means to help close the justice gap;
The unanimous adoption in January 2007 by LSC Board of Directors of a strategic work plan
entitled Action Plan for Private Attorney Involvement: Help Close the Justice Gap, Unleash the
Power of Pro Bono, which highlights the benefits of engaging private attorneys to help represent
clients of LSC-funded programs and describes ways in which the LSC Board and staff will work
to expand private attorney involvement.
The American Bar Association’s Model Rule 6.1 and similar state bar rules note the
professional responsibility of every lawyer to provide pro bono legal assistance to persons of
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of NorthWest
Texas, in an effort to help close the justice gap in Texas, supports and encourages private attorney
involvement with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and will endeavor to:
Collaborate with other organizations and entities in Texas 114 county service areas to develop
and facilitate educational efforts that demonstrate the extent of the unmet civil legal need and
encourage collective responsibility within Texas 114 county service areas by both public and
private entities to help meet this unmet civil legal need;
Collaborate with other organizations and entities in Texas 114 county service areas to develop
effective strategies for engaging lawyers in pro bono representation and other services that
benefit low-income persons;
Develop strategies that encourage pro bono, including creative recruitment methods and
delivery models, attorney practice and continuing legal education rules, and training, mentoring,
support, and recognition of volunteers.
Be it further Resolved that the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas will
promote, support and encourage private attorney involvement initiatives by publicizing and
recognizing private attorney involvement in the work of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and by
collaborating with national, state, and local organizations to create opportunities for such publicity
Adopted by the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas on June 23, 2007.
EJVP LEADERSHIP TEAM
Board of Directors Equal Justice Initiative Committee
Rebecca Greenan, Chairperson
Charles Lotter Richard Stewart, Jr.
Mattie P. Compton Wilma Black
Bob Lindsey John Scott
Grace Weatherly Janice Payne
Sally Crawford Julia Stephens
Branch Office Program Coordinators and Managing Attorneys
ABILENE Guadalupe Elizondo email@example.com
John Kennedy, Managing Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
AMARILLO Luisa Vigil email@example.com
Steven McBride, Managing Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
DALLAS-DVAP Michelle Alden-Managing Attorney email@example.com
Charles Grimm Managing Attorney-Dallas firstname.lastname@example.org
DENTON Glenda Hill email@example.com
Jennifer Ramos, Managing Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT WORTH Ellena Simmons email@example.com
Linda Gregory, Managing Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
LUBBOCK Nancy Mojica email@example.com
George Elliott, Managing Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
McKINNEY Jan Kearney email@example.com
Chris Parks, Managing Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDLAND Pedro Fierro email@example.com
Todd Stephens, Managing Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
NAACP Justice Project Rosa Turner email@example.com
ODESSA Michelle Galindo firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Holguin, Managing Attorney email@example.com
PLAINVIEW Sylvia Chavez firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Davidson, Managing Attorney email@example.com
SAN ANGELO Tonnie Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org
Criselda Paz, Managing Attorney email@example.com
WAXAHACHIE Patricia (Trish) Walker firstname.lastname@example.org
David Loving, Managing Attorney email@example.com
WICHITA FALLS Linda Gomez firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Lucking, Managing Attorney email@example.com
Jesse L. Gaines Chief Executive Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Vernon Lewis General Counsel email@example.com
Kathy D. Duncan Director of Pro Bono & Bar Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Prince Director of Development email@example.com
Barbara Kivlin Director of Finance & Budget firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Paul Director of Human Resources email@example.com
“We are all committed to ensuring that justice is available to all Texans,
including those who can’t afford to hire lawyers.”
…Justice Deborah Hankinson
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) has a pro bono program established in each of its branch offices
located in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Lubbock, McKinney, Midland, Odessa,
Plainview, San Angelo, Waxahachie, and Wichita Falls. The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
(DVAP) is a joint project of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas pursuant to a
Joint Agreement established in January 1997 with the former Legal Services of North Texas. The Fort
Worth NAACP Justice Project-funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF), has been a joint
partnership since February 2004. All of our branch offices PAI Programs operate under LANWT’s Policies
LANWT’s 2008 EJVP Work Plan was developed based on input from our 12 branch office EJVP
Coordinators, DVAP Managing Attorney, NAACP Coordinator, and stakeholders in our service area. To
further shape our pro bono program in 2008, a Pro Bono Summit will be held on December 14, 2007. This
event is designed to build a stronger network of resources and partnerships throughout our 114-county
service area. The summit will also offer an opportunity to “think” beyond the geographic branch office limits
to recruit volunteer attorneys willing to do pro bono work in rural counties.
Our 2008 Work Plan demonstrates how we will continue existing pro bono services and create new delivery
mechanisms designed to increase client services through volunteer participation. Our primary focus in 2008
is to increase pro bono case acceptances by at least 10 percent. We will utilize our various delivery models
as recruitment tools, work closely with our community partners to ensure effective and efficient utilization of
resources, and ensure eligible clients have equitable access to legal aid including self-help, legal education,
advice, brief services, and representation in court.
We will continue to engage professionals from both the legal and social service communities to help close
the gaps in justice for people who have a legal crisis and no means of hiring an attorney. Furthermore, we
will establish new collaborative partnerships in an effort to provide a broad-range of free civil legal
assistance to the indigent population.
II. PROGRAM OVERSIGHT
LANWT’s Equal Justice Volunteer Program (EJVP) is governed by the Legal Services Corporation
(LSC) Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Regulations 45 CFR Part 1614 as well as Legal Aid’s policies
and procedures. LANWT’s Board of Directors has taken a lead role in supporting and promoting Private
Attorney Involvement (PAI) as demonstrated in its “Resolution In Support of Enhanced Private Attorney
Involvement with LSC-Funded Programs.” The Board of Directors has an Equal Justice Initiative
Standing Committee responsible “to help develop and/or conduct an annual review of the PAI plan to
evaluate the current method delivery of services through PAI to ensure an efficient and effective means of
providing pro bono services and fostering positive relations with all Bar Associations in the program’s
To help build and support the local pro bono effort, a Pro Bono Advisory Board has been established in all of
the 14 branch office locations. The Dallas Bar Association’s Community Services Fund Board provides
program oversight and support for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. This structure affords an
opportunity to gain continuous input and feedback in shaping the local pro bono effort as well as lending
technical assistance in program development to support the EJVP Coordinators.
Each branch office EJVP has a full-time Coordinator responsible for developing a PAI program tailored to
enhance pro bono services through volunteer participation. The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program is
managed by a full-time Managing Attorney. The branch office Managing Attorneys provide daily
supervision and case maintenance oversight. Under the supervision of the CEO, the Director of Pro Bono &
Bar Relations manages LANWT’s program-wide pro bono effort to ensure compliance with the Legal
Services Corporation (LSC) PAI Regulations, oversees administration of the PAI Program, and provides
technical assistance to assist the Coordinators with program development. LANWT’s oversight protocol
engages input and feedback from stakeholders toward building a strong delivery system that addresses the
legal needs of our client population.
According to LANWT’s 2006 audit, EJVP’s expenses represented 17.33% ($1,190,680) of the LSC Grant
Award although there was only a 12.5% funding requirement. As of October 2007, the LSC grant funds 12
full-time EJVP Coordinators and 5 positions in the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program including two full-
time mentoring attorneys, two full-time Paralegals, a part-time Paralegal and a full-time Secretary. All of
LANWT’s EJVP staff has the same technology support benefits as the staff program.
III. PROGRAM PRIORITIES
The EJVP and the Staff Programs utilize the same case priorities as adopted annually by LANWT Board of
Directors in compliance with LSC Regulation 45 CFR 1620. Our program’s 2007 Case Priorities are:
■ Public benefits: Social Security, SSI disability claims and terminations; denials for Food
Stamps and unemployment compensation benefits.
■ Consumer law: Cases such as deceptive trade practices, wrongful repossessions, home
improvement fraud, contract disputes, and bankruptcies.
■ Housing law: Tenant-landlord and real estate issues and cases.
■ Employment law: Cases involving individual rights, unlawful terminations, and
■ Family law: Dissolutions of marriage with domestic violence, protective orders, child
support and visitation enforcement, and adoptions to qualify children for Public benefits.
■ Health law: Denial of Medicare or Medicaid benefits, denial of indigent care benefits.
■ Other civil law matters: Including but not limited to issues affecting the elderly,
children, education, probate, wills, and community economic development.
LANWT is currently undergoing its priority setting process for FY 2008. Based on the survey results, our
case priorities may change slightly; however, the PAI program will operate under the same case priority
guidelines as adopted by the LANWT Board of Directors.
IV. ENGAGING A NETWORK OF VOLUNTERS FOR PRO BONO WORK
Legal Aid’s EJVP offers a variety of opportunities that are designed to increase pro bono services to eligible
clients as well as giving volunteers a choice to decide their level of pro bono participation. In 2008, we will
continue to recruit attorneys and lay volunteers interested in donating their time and talent to help increase
civil legal services to clients. Volunteers who currently participate in our pro bono program are:
Judges volunteer in our evening legal clinic programs by proving-up pro se and agreed divorce
cases, serve on CLE seminar planning teams, act as presenters at substantive law training events, and
participate on local pro bono advisory boards.
Private Attorneys and Corporate Counsels staff our legal clinics, accept pro bono civil law cases,
act as mentors, presenters at CLE training events, serve on speaker’s panels, provide assistance to
pro se litigants, are mediators, co-counselors, and serve on our pro bono advisory boards.
Paralegals, Legal Assistants, and Legal Secretaries conduct intake eligibility screening at our
community legal clinics, draft pleadings under the volunteer attorney’s supervision, conduct legal
research and perform administrative functions.
Court Clerks file Original Petitions and Waiver of Citations, conform and certify Final Divorce
Decrees at our monthly Agreed Divorce Legal Clinic and prove-up hearings in Fort Worth.
Court Reporters donate court-reporting services for depositions on pro bono cases, render services
at night court and law firm prove-up hearings.
Librarians assist with keeping our law libraries updated, dispose of outdated materials, and organize
legal documents for easy access by our volunteer lawyers.
Law and Paralegal Students, Community Advocates and other professionals provide support
services to attorneys that handle pro bono cases, perform intake screening at legal clinics, conduct
legal research, and perform case management administrative tasks.
According to the State Bar of Texas Attorney Membership Statistical Report dated October 1, 2007, there
were 24,778 attorneys eligible to participate in pro bono activities in Legal Aid’s service areas; of this
number there were 6,224 attorneys enrolled including the 421 new attorneys recruited. Of the enrolled
attorneys, 1,700 (27%) actively participated in LANWT’s PAI program as of October 1, 2007.
Additionally, there were 867 lay volunteers (including the 291 new lay volunteers) registered to perform pro
bono services. Of the lay volunteers enrolled, 439 (51%) actively participated in our pro bono programs.
With the new projects planned for 2008, it is projected that volunteer enrollment and participation will
increase by at least 25% program-wide. We will continue to provide volunteer orientation and support
services to help retain and attract new volunteers. We will solicit volunteer feedback to generate ideas to
foster the continued growth of our program and will do whatever is needed to ensure volunteers are
supported by program resources.
V. RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION METHODS
In addition to our traditional recruitment methods of making personal contacts, engaging law firm
participation, publishing articles in bar publications, and utilizing local media for public service
announcements, we will implement live and video seminars accredited by the State Bar of Texas. These
training events allow attorneys to earn free CLE credits by agreeing to accept pro bono case commitments.
Since January 2007, each branch office has implemented a Virtual Case Referral listserv (known as Project
VCR) where attorneys are given an opportunity to review and select a pro bono case of interest. This
recruitment method allowed us to create a network of attorneys willing to accept pro bono cases transmitted
through the email network. This referral technique also reduced the time searching for a volunteer attorney.
LANWT’s Pro Bono Opportunities are posted on TexasLawyersHelp.org website that has links to the State
Bar of Texas Family Law Section (sbotfam.org), the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist (tafls.org)
and the Texas Young Lawyers Association (tyla.org). These state-wide networks increase the potential of
recruiting attorneys willing to do pro bono work in our service area.
In 2008, each branch office EJVP will implement Continuing Legal Education (CLE) live or video trainings
as a method to recruit and retain volunteer attorneys. All of our CLE events are accredited by the State Bar of
Texas for participatory and ethics credits. Planned 2008 CLE training events are:
Monthly CLE Video showings will be held in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, McKinney, Odessa,
Plainview, San Angelo, and Wichita Falls.
Semi-annual CLE Video showings will be held in Denton.
DVAP will implement live weekly CLE training events beginning in January.
A two-day Advanced Family Law Seminar will be held in Fort Worth by March 2008.
EJVP also uses the Texas Lawyers Care (TLC) “Pro Bono Perks” that are designed to attract volunteer
attorneys to do pro bono work. TLC’s Pro Bono Perks consist of:
The State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College free membership to attorneys who contribute a minimum
of 75 hours of pro bono work.
Free tuition scholarships to seminars sponsored by the State Bar CLE Department in exchange of
accepting two pro bono cases.
A Mentor/Mentee Program where an attorney can earn up to 5-CLE participatory credit hours.
Access to websites for bar publications, practice manuals, and training materials to assist
attorneys who accept pro bono referrals.
All of our branch office pro bono programs will implement an annual awards recognition event that will be
held in collaboration with the local bar association. Attorneys and lay volunteers are given plaques for
outstanding pro bono services performed during the year. A token of appreciation is also given to all
volunteers who participates during the year. Articles to spotlight volunteer pro bono services are published
in Texas Lawyers Care LegalFront, local bar publications, and the semi-annual EJVP’s Pro Bono Newsletter.
Legal Aid will continue to assist volunteer attorneys in every way possible to help guarantee high quality and
cost-efficient legal services are provided to our clients. Our support services are but not limited to:
malpractice insurance at no cost,
volunteer law students and paralegals to provide technical support,
reimbursement of extraordinary litigation and out-of-pocket expenses,
case maintenance, time records to track donated hours,
free MCLE training opportunities, and
access to our program’s resources such as Lexis Nexus, secretarial support, and usage of our
copying equipment to help offset cost related to pro bono representation.
VI. DELIVERY MODELS – PROVIDING LEGAL AID TO CLIENTS
In 2008, all of the branch office PAI Programs will use a combination of pro bono panels, reduced fee
contracts, legal clinics, legal education workshops and inter-agency community activity delivery models to
recruit and retain volunteers to do pro bono work. It has been our experience that giving volunteers a choice
to decide their level of pro bono participation enhances commitment; thereby retaining them in the program.
By using a variety of delivery models, we are able to increase pro bono services while at the same time
attracting attorneys and lay volunteers wiling to participate in our Equal Justice Volunteer Program.
Pro Bono Panels
We will continue to recruit volunteer attorneys to provide extended representation to eligible clients that
meet our priority guidelines. We have bilingual attorneys to provide pro bono services to non-English
speaking clients. Volunteer attorneys recruited are given a choice of the law type and the number of cases
they are willing to accept pro bono. We have specialized pro bono panels in the areas of Bankruptcy, Family
Law, and Wills in a majority of our branch offices.
We will continue to encourage volunteer attorneys to join our local and state electronic listserv networks
which are utilized to post cases that need pro bono representation. This method of posting cases also opens
the door for attorneys outside our service area to do pro bono work with LANWT.
Reduced Fee Contracts
According to the October 1, 2007 State Bar of Texas Membership Statistics in LANWT’s 114-county service
area, there are 6 counties with no attorneys and 46 counties with 1-5 attorneys eligible to perform some type
of pro bono work. In these counties, we will utilize Reduce Fee contracts to ensure that eligible clients
receive legal assistance. Our contracts are $40 per hour and used in our rural counties where there are a
limited number of attorneys to do pro bono work. Cases referred must meet our priority guidelines. In
counties where our branch offices are located, reduced fee contracts may be used only if specialized expertise
is needed or if there is an emergency need to represent a client. In 2008, we will budget 10 Reduced Fee
cases for each branch office in the Central and West Regions. A review will be conducted by mid-year to
make an assessment for continued funding for the remainder of the year.
LANWT’s PAI legal clinics serve as alternative intake sites for potential clients who are employed during
routine intake hours or who do not have transportation to travel to our main branch office locations. Our
evening and Saturday clinics also provide an opportunity for volunteers to perform pro bono services outside
of regular working hours.
As of October 1, 2007, we operated 76 general, specialized, advice and pro se legal clinics. Of this number,
we created 23 new legal clinics which exceed our 2007 goal of opening 18 new clinics by December 31st.
Volunteer attorneys who staff our clinics understand their only obligation is to provide quality service. If a
legal matter warrants extended services, the volunteer attorney may choose to take the case pro bono,
recommend acceptance in the PAI program, or request the case be accepted in LANWT’s Staff Program.
By December 31, 2008, it is projected that 20 new clinics will open in the following areas:
Amarillo – a General Clinic in Borger and Dalhart counties;
Dallas – Vickery Meadows and Interfaith Housing Coalition clinics;
Denton – Wise County Pro Se Divorce clinic, and Gainesville Protective Order clinic;
Fort Worth NAACP – Discrimination Clinic in Meadowbrook-Tarrant County;
Lubbock – Rural County Clinic-site to be determined;
Midland – General clinics in Glasscock, Reagan, Martin, and Upton Counties;
Odessa – General clinics in Ward and Winkler Counties;
San Angelo – Advice and Pro Se Divorce Clinics in San Saba County, and
Wichita Falls – General clinics in King, Childress, Hardeman, and Cottle Counties.
Legal Education Workshops and Outreach Activities
LANWT’s PAI Programs will continue to implement Legal Education Workshops which are utilized as a
proactive delivery model to educate low income citizens as well as public service providers regarding issues
that fall within our priority areas. LANWT’s bilingual staff attorneys and members of the Mexican-American
Bar Associations are recruited to conduct workshops in Spanish.
In 2008, we will continue outreach activities in collaboration with public services providers that host
Community Information Fairs. These community events are utilized as a vehicle to distribute materials
regarding legal services which are available through Legal Aid and provide an opportunity to network with
organizations that render services to the client community. Participating at Community Information Fairs
enables us to reach a broad range of potential clients who might not be aware of civil legal services offered
by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.
The anticipated outcomes of our legal education workshops and outreach activities will promote appropriate
referrals to LANWT, help build a network of key community organizations that render services to low
income people, and provide a continuing forum to inform low income people of their legal rights.
VII. PARTNERSHIPS TO ENHANCE CLIENT SERVICES
The success of LANWT’s EJVP is built on our collaborative partnerships which allow for combining
resources that focus on reducing barriers, coordinating and improving a broad range of services needed by
the people we serve. In a majority of our rural counties, LANWT and its PAI Program are the only providers
of free civil legal services to the client population eligible for assistance. In 2008, we will focus on building
a stronger relationship with our current partners and creating new opportunities with service providers
interested in connecting with LANWT to expand client services.
Partnership with Bar Associations
Currently, there are 47 local majority and specialty Bar Associations that co-sponsor our legal clinics,
substantive law CLE seminars, provide time on their meeting agenda for recruitment appeals, utilize bar
publications to announce pro bono events, and assist with volunteer attorney recruitment efforts. By
involving key stakeholders on the local levels, creates a continuous forum for input and feedback to promote
program growth. Our Bar partners provide an opportunity to recruit new and seasoned attorneys willing to
share their expertise and resources for the public good. Refer to Appendix for listing of supporting Bar
Association-Page # 20.
In 2008, all of our PAI programs will continue to seek support and co-sponsorship for our Pro Bono Awards
Recognition Events from the local bar associations which in the past have supported our events by either co-
sponsoring an awards activity or holding a special awards presentation during the bar’s annual meeting. Our
award events spotlight private attorneys, lay advocates, and community leaders who contributed their time
and talent in the delivery of legal aid to our clients and pro bono activities.
In 2006, the Dallas Bar Campaign raised $552,000; of this amount Legal Aid received $250,000. In addition
to this revenue, the DBA pays the salaries for full time staff placed at DVAP which includes the Managing
Attorney, a Recruiter, five Paralegals, and a Data Entry Clerk. The 2007 Campaign Goal is $600,000. If
accomplished, LANWT will receive $267,500 to supplement the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
The Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) has a “voluntary” $25 dues check-off for Legal Aid on its
annual membership renewal form. In 2006, the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) raised $30,000. It
is anticipated that the 2007 campaign contributions will increase by at least 10% by December 11, 2007
when the campaign check is presented to LANWT’s CEO at the annual Pro Bono Awards Recognition event.
In August 2006, TCBA Past President Mark G. Daniel challenged the members of the Bar to each contribute
10 hours pro bono per year. Texas Wesleyan School of Law joined with the TCBA by using its law students
to provide technical assistance to attorneys on their pro bono cases. As of September 1, 2007 seventy-two
(72) members of the Bar had registered to participate in the Pro Bono Challenge. This project seeks to
decrease the number of cases that are denied due to lack of resources while providing attorneys the
opportunity to help close the Equal Access to Justice Gap. As of October 1, 2007, thirty-five (35) pro bono
cases have been referred to attorneys accepting the challenge. This partnership will continue in 2008 and will
be supported by the current TCBA President.
In 2008, the PAI staff and Director of Pro Bono & Bar Relations will continue to attend bar meetings and
functions to promote pro bono participation, recruit new attorneys, and educate bar members of volunteer
opportunities that are available to assist clients. We will seek feedback and ideas from the bar’s leadership in
an effort to increase membership participation and identify areas of support for attorneys who accept pro
bono cases. Our goal is to ensure volunteer attorneys obtain the technical support needed to deliver high
quality legal services to our clients.
Partnership with Law Firms
Throughout our service area, we have established an excellent working relationship with law firms which
support the pro bono effort by encouraging associates to accept cases, staffing our legal clinics, acting as
mentors to the less experienced attorneys, and contributing to our fundraising campaigns. In 2008, each of
our branch office pro bono programs will work with law firms to help promote private attorney involvement.
One example of law firm participation is the Dallas Lend-A-Lawyer Program which can be replicated in our
urban areas of Fort Worth and Lubbock.
The Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP Law Firm loans one of its associates to Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas-
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (a joint project with the Dallas Bar Association) for 3 months each year.
The associate handles pro bono cases as a full-time staff attorney under the supervision of the pro bono staff.
During the 3-month loan, Weil-Gotshal continues to pay the associate as if they were working at the firm
handling client business. This year marks the third successful year of this project. Since the program’s
inception, 56 pro bono cases have been accepted under this partnership. The firm values its associate’s pro
bono participation at approximately $50,000 per year. Weil Gotshal also provided office furniture, supplies,
and equipment valued at $22,000 to the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program when it initiated the project in
This partnership has been an invaluable method of increasing pro bono legal assistance in the Dallas area;
moreover, this model allows a law firm associate to practice poverty law who may not have had an
opportunity to work with low income people. It is projected that this innovative method to deliver client
services with Weil Gotshal will continue in 2008. The DVAP Managing Attorneys will also seek to recruit
other Dallas Law Firms that maybe interested in joining the Lend-A-Lawyer Project. If this is accomplished
DVAP will have a law firm associate to work during the remaining three quarters in 2008.
Partnership with Corporate Counsel Legal Departments
In 2007, corporate attorneys provided pro bono services in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and McKinney EJVP
branch offices. As described below, corporate attorneys were a valuable resource in providing a wide range
services to eligible clients.
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) collaborated with the Association of Corporate
Counsel, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter and Fulbright and Jaworski to sponsor the ACC-
DFW/Fulbright & Jaworski Pro Bono Summit on March 8, 2007. This event included a Pro Bono
Awards Presentation. ACS staffs the Garland Clinic, will staff the East Clinic in 2008, and take
cases. American Airlines staffs the West Clinic and takes cases. Citibank accepts cases from
DVAP. IBM staffs the Garland Clinic. Bank of America staffs the Garland Clinic, and provides a
probate mentor who assists other volunteer attorneys who need guidance. JP Morgan Chase staffs
the East Clinic and takes cases.
Five attorneys from American Airline’s Legal Department are enrolled to volunteers at Tarrant
County Legal Clinics.
The JC Penney Corporate Legal Department staff the Plano monthly legal clinic and the Electronic
Data System (EDS) Corporate Legal Department staff the Allen legal clinic every other month.
Both Legal Departments send attorneys and non-attorneys to staff the clinics. Non-attorneys
screen applicants for eligibility and attorneys interview applicants as well as accept pro bono
In 2008, we will seek to establish a Corporate Counsel Committee charged to explore what can be done to
engage corporate counsel pro bono services in our other branch office areas as well as nurture our current
partnerships as described above. Moreover, based on the success of our existing corporate counsel
collaborations, it is anticipated that delivery approaches can be replicated to expand opportunities for
corporate lawyers to do pro bono work.
By December 31, 2007, all of our branch offices will have video conferencing capability. It is envisioned that
Corporate attorneys interested in providing pro bono services in our rural counties can register on our VCR
Branch Office Listserv that has case postings that need pro bono representation. We can utilize our video
conferencing in each branch office to connect the client and attorney.
Partnership with Law Schools
The SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, and
Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock are key supporters in promoting and encouraging law
student pro bono participation at LANWT. Law students gain valuable experience in building client
interviewing skills, compiling case notes, conducting research, and case development under the supervision
of volunteer attorneys. LANWT’s relationship with the law schools give students an opportunity to work
with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
On January 18, 2007, the Lubbock Equal Justice Volunteer Attorney Program and Texas Tech University
School of Law Clinical Program established a Divorce Night Court Clinic under the supervision of Professor
Wendy Ross and Professor Larry Spain. The Texas Tech law students were in charge of interviewing
applicants and getting information necessary to prepare the divorce petitions. Cases were accepted on the
bases of no children, little to no property, no abuse, and residency in Lubbock County. These clinics
continued from February to April and again for the 2007 Fall semester. This partnership gives law students
“hands on experience” in the area of Family Law as well as provides an opportunity to increase client
Law students are important untapped resources that can be used to increase client services and build future
pro bono attorneys. The desired outcomes include increasing pro bono opportunities for law students,
developing a pro bono culture within the law school community, and enhancing a strong collaborative
relationship with Legal Aid and its pro bono programs.
Partnership with Texas Legal Services Center
Legal Aid’s EJVP recently teamed up with Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) in Austin, Texas to recruit
attorneys willing to participate in the Facility Victims Program. This partnership was designed to provide
pro bono representation to the elderly and disabled who are residents or transitioning in or out of any
statutory facility under Texas Law. The partnership uses legal services staff attorneys to handle most cases
and engages private volunteer attorneys to provide more complicated services. In 2008, LANWT and TLSC
will use video conferencing to train attorneys interested in participating on our Facility Victims Program.
This opportunity provides legal aid to an underserved client population that has traditionally slipped through
the cracks of justice.
Partnerships with Public and Private Community Organizations
Public and Private Organizations that support LANWT’s pro bono effort have demonstrated partnerships that
facilitate sharing of resources to help low-income people. We have collaborative partnerships with crisis
centers, social service agencies, law enforcement, community groups, housing crisis centers, government
agencies, churches and a host of other organizations.
As of October 1, 2007, we had 101 organizations that provided in-kind donations valued at $136,319.00
which included free space to house our 76-community legal clinics, office furniture, equipment, supplies,
news media publications, and other donated services.
In 2008, LANWT PAI programs will continue partnerships with public and private organizations that
provide space for our current legal clinics and will seek neighborhood sites to obtain free space to house our
20 new legal clinics. We will also continue to search for and acquire in-kind donations to help off-set
operational expenses for pro bono activities.
VIII. PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS AND QUALITY CONTROL
LANWT has established an uniformed intake procedure which includes standardized applications and
questionnaires, case status letters, and outreach brochures that explain our services in layman’s language. All
of our documents are produced in English and Spanish. LANWT’s pro bono programs operate under the
same policy requirements as the staff program. In addition, we have an EJVP Procedure Manual to ensure
program accountability pursuant to LSC PAI Regulations and Legal Aid’s administrative policies/guidelines.
We use the same staff program’s RealLegal Practice Manager Database which has systematic quality control
mechanisms for case management, oversight, electronic case files, timekeeping, and communication through
email. The IT Department Director projects by January 1, 2008 all of our branch offices will have video
conferencing capabilities. Legal Aid’s PAI Programs operate under our standardized Financial Management
Procedure Manual to ensure proper tracking of PAI expenditures.
Case follow-up is conducted 30 days after the initial opening and every 90 days thereafter. Upon case
completion, the volunteer attorney is required to submit a copy of the final document and the number of
hours contributed on the case. A case closure “thank you” letter is sent to the attorney with the number of
volunteer hours contributed on the case. Likewise, a closure letter and a Client Satisfaction Questionnaire
are sent to the client to evaluate the quality of services received from the volunteer attorney and from
LANWT. This process allows us to monitor program efficiency and effectiveness from the clients’
An important component of program effectiveness is to offer training opportunities to the EJVP Coordinators
that enhance their knowledge and professional skills in developing/maintaining a pro bono program that
addresses the legal needs of the indigent through volunteer participation. In 2008, LANWT will:
Implement semi-annual Coordinators’ meetings as a tool to inform and update on LSC PAI
requirements, LANWT’s policies/procedures, and share ideas that can be replicated to increase
client services and/or volunteer recruitment/retention.
Encourage Coordinators to attend Texas Lawyers Care semi-annual statewide Pro Bono
Coordinators Retreat which is an expense paid training event that focuses on program
development, recruitment/retention techniques, and innovative pro bono delivery models.
Budget funds for Coordinators to attend the annual American Bar Association and National Legal
Aid & Defenders Association Equal Justice Conference. This training opportunity offers various
sessions on skills building to better manage a volunteer program, recruitment trends to promote
private attorney participation, and a host of other topics designed to manage a pro bono effort.
LANWT will continue to pay the membership fees for our Coordinator’s participation on the
National Association of Pro Bono Professionals which is a national support organization for pro
bono program managers. LANWT has two EJVP Coordinators who were elected to serve on
NAPBPro Executive Committee.
IX. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
LANWT’s Director of Development, Director of Pro Bono & Bar Relations, branch office Managing
Attorneys and Coordinators will work closely with the local Pro Bono Advisory Boards to begin a dialogue
of planning a fund-raising event. We will continue our partnership with the Dallas Bar Association’s
Community Service Fund Board and the Tarrant County Bar Association who co-sponsor our annual Access
to Justice Campaigns as described on page 10 under, “Partnerships with Bar Associations.”
We will continue our partnerships with private and public service providers to provide free space for our 76
legal clinics as well as support our program with goods and services which otherwise would be an enormous
expense for LANWT. For example on October 11, 2007, the Law Offices of Wood, Thacker & Weatherly
underwrote Denton’s Equal Justice Pro Bono Awards Event for $3,890.00. This is just one demonstration of
what can be done on the local level to help support the private attorney involvement effort.
The expected outcome of implementing resource development activities in each branch office service area
provides an opportunity to involve key community leaders to help close the justice gaps by sharing the
responsibility of fundraising to obtain revenue for supporting LANWT’s mission.
X. MARKET VALUE OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES
LANWT staff attorneys cannot meet the huge demands for legal assistance from the client population;
therefore, the program highly depends on pro bono participation from the legal and professional community.
Over the years, Legal Aid has been successful in integrating PAI with its Staff Program to maximize civil
legal services to the client population. As of October 1, 2007, the PAI Program closed 3,893 cases and of
this number, 976 cases were Advice/Brief Services. Private attorney participation has made a significant
impact in increasing pro bono legal services to low income people; however, the “ultimate value” is when
volunteers produce successful outcomes for our clients.
LANWT utilizes the same rate as the State Bar of Texas and the Texas IOLTA Program to determine the fair
market value of attorney’s time which is $150 per hour. Lay volunteer’s time is valued at $20 per hour based
on the fair market rate of $40/hour. As of October 1, 2007 our volunteers collectively donated a total of
28,159.17 hours valued at $3,149,975.40. Volunteer attorneys donated 19,898.40 hours valued at
$2,984,760.00 and lay professional donated 8,260.77 hours valued at $165,215.40. By December 31, 2007,
it is projected the value of private attorneys and lay volunteer hours will exceed 3.4 million dollars.
XI. 2008 EJVP BRANCH OFFICE GOALS
In 2008, Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Programs plan to maximize private attorney involvement by utilizing our
various recruitment methods as described in this work plan to increase private attorney participation to accept
pro bono cases, staff our legal clinics, and perform other volunteer services which has an impact on meeting
the civil legal needs of low income people eligible for legal aid.
We will continue to identify and recruit key leaders who can help Coordinators towards building an
integrated network of resources in an effort to help shape the branch office Private Attorney Involvement
program. Our 2008 EJVP Goals per branch office are:
ABILENE Guadalupe Elizondo, Coordinator
Contact Glenn Stockard, Director of the Eastland County Crisis Center to help locate a site to
hold a community Legal Clinic at no cost to LANWT. Projected Goal date: January 15, 2008.
Meet with the Eastland County Bar President to seek support toward establishing a partnership to
help co-sponsor a community legal clinic with the Eastland County Crisis Center and LANWT.
Request time on the bar’s agenda to recruit membership participation to staff the clinic. March
Conduct first monthly Eastland Community Legal Clinic by April 2008. Conduct an assessment
of the clinic operation by June 2007 to determine whether to hold monthly or quarterly clinics.
June 30, 2007.
The Abilene EJV Program’s goal in 2008 is to increase services to eligible clients by increasing
the number of volunteer attorneys in our pro bono and reduced fee panels. This will be
accomplished by recruitment letters, attendance at bar meetings, personal visits to attorneys,
CLE seminars, CLE scholarships and with the assistance of members of the Pro Bono Advisory
Board who will endorse recruitment letters. A successful outcome at the end of 2008 will show
an increase from 2007 in cases accepted, cases closed, and number of pro bono hours
contributed. Projected Goal date: Dec 2008.
Activate the Pro Bono Advisory Board. The Pro Bono Advisory Board has been inactive. Some
members have moved or retired and new members need to be recruited. Projected Goal date:
Maintain the Brownwood Clinic. Monthly goal.
Create an EJVP pamphlet which can be used to recruit attorney volunteers. Projected Goal
Date: December, 2008.
Hold a recognition event. Projected Goal Date: December, 2008.
Send announcements to private attorneys in Brownwood regarding Monthly Abilene CLE Video
Training events in an effort to increase pro bono services to eligible clients. Monthly goal.
AMARILLO Luisa Vigil, Coordinator
Continue attending bar luncheons on a monthly basis, and get involved with any events the bar may be hosting
in order to get more attorneys to participate with LANWT. Ongoing
Hold monthly clinics and specialty workshops as needed for the community. Ongoing
Continue holding monthly MCLE Videotape showings so that the private attorneys can get free CLE and take
pro bono cases at the same time. Ongoing
Work closely with the bar association in an attempt to recruit new attorneys and to inform them of any events
LANWT will be hosting. Ongoing
Hold more specialty clinics, such as bankruptcy, etc., to be implemented by March, 2008.
Re-visit law firms, small and large, in hopes of not only recruiting new attorneys and lay advocates to assist by
taking cases and/or assisting at clinics, but recruit the large firms to sponsor quarterly legal clinics, to be
completed by April, 2008.
Implement a fundraising event to be held on or about March, 2008.
Contact more attorneys who are signed to accept pro bono cases, but have not taken any recently and/or spoken
at workshops hosted by LANWT, by/before December, 2007.
Continue to attend local bar meetings (when possible and as the meetings are held). Meetings such as the
Panhandle Family Law Association are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Contact local churches, community centers, and social agencies to see if they would sponsor a workshop/clinic,
allowing events at their site at no cost to LANWT, to be completed by November, 2008.
Participate in health fairs in rural counties by contacting sponsoring agencies. Ongoing
DALLAS Michelle Alden, Managing Attorney
Further support and enhance the cooperative efforts already in place with the Dallas Bar Association and its
specialty sections and specialty bars. Ongoing goal.
Further support and enhance the cooperative and collaborative efforts already in place with the Housing Crisis
Center as well as other area legal and public service providers. Ongoing goal.
Continue the recruitment, training, and retention of minority and bilingual or multilingual attorneys to assist
those minority and ethnic constituencies in the low-income community. Ongoing goal.
To develop new program models or components in specialty areas like estate planning, guardianship and
bankruptcy to attract volunteers and support them in the delivery of civil legal services to the low-income
community. To continue improving and expanding the following projects with respective community partners:
estate planning, guardianship and bankruptcy. Ongoing goal.
To maintain a committed and productive volunteer base by providing mentoring support and recognition
opportunities for each and every volunteer working with DVAP in the pursuit of delivering high quality civil
legal services to the low-income community. Ongoing goal.
To raise awareness at targeted community gatherings of the services available through DVAP. Ongoing goal.
To raise awareness amongst local law firms of our Lend-a-Lawyer program and encourage participation by
more firms. Ongoing goal.
DENTON Glenda Hill, Coordinator
Conduct outreach in rural counties to recruit volunteer attorneys with personal office visits. Quarterly
Make quarterly trips to rural counties and make EJVP presence known with local organizations providing
services to lower income population. Quarterly
Continued promotion of Project VCR by listing cases to be placed and transmitting facts of cases to private
attorneys via email Ongoing
Continue the four legal clinics in rural counties of Wise, Cooke Montague and Denton. Ongoing
Develop new legal clinic primarily for Protective Orders but also general legal advice in rural county. Predicted
establishment in June, ongoing monthly thereafter.
Continue the Pro Se Divorce clinic in Denton County. Quarterly
Recruit volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law student interns and lay volunteers to increase client services.
Sponsor CLE video showings semi-annually in collaboration with local Bar Association, Social Service Agency
and/or private law firm Semi-annual
FORT WORTH Ellena Simmons, Coordinator
Continue legal clinic program and recruitment of volunteers to serve as a tool to meet the need of low income
communities. Monthly & Bi-monthly
Continue to support the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Legal Line Program by referring individuals to the
advice-only service via phone and distributing legal line cards. Ongoing
Continue use of technology to communicate and interact with the legal community, recruit attorneys and lay
volunteers. Also continue to refer cases via email for VCR and Pro Bono projects. Ongoing
Maintain relationship with Texas Wesleyan Law School as a recruitment tool for clinic program, partner with
pro bono attorneys, accepting pro bono cases through the law clinic, and securing site for substantive law
Schedule Pro Bono Awards event to honor volunteers. December 2008
Continue Women Advocacy event initiated in 2007 to honor outstanding women in Tarrant County. Will secure
items from businesses, private citizens, and corporations for silent auction to raise funds and make donations to
underwrite costs of event. Hope to make this an annual event. April 3, 2008.
If laptops and portables are secured for FW-EJV, will expand on the specialized Seniors Wills Project to include
other Senior Citizens Centers around Tarrant County. Cynthia Williams of the Tarrant County Probate Bar has
agreed to be a part of this project. She will recruit members to assist with the interviewing of eligible seniors
and completing the necessary documentation. This will be done at specific locations for low income senior
citizens including senior complexes, residential facilities, and community centers. January–November 2008
Re-energize commitment of the Parker County and Palo Pinto County Bar Associations to staff the legal clinics
and accept pro bono and reduced fee cases. Ongoing
Secure funding for a two day Family Law Seminar to recruit at least 50 private attorneys to accept 100 pro bono
family law cases. March 2008
LUBBOCK Nancy Mojica, Coordinator
To continue to work closely with the following organizations in our cooperative efforts to provide high quality
legal services with Lubbock County Bar Association, Specialty Bar Associations, Law Firms, and Social
Service agencies. Ongoing
Continue the evening legal clinics in and around our surrounding counties. Ongoing
Continue the “Wills Clinic Project” if not with Texas Tech University School of Law maybe I can start one on a
quarterly basis. That will be something to think about. I will make this a part of my goal if the law school
decides not to continue these clinics. Ongoing
Continue MCLE Video courses once a month in our office. Ongoing
Continue with the Pro Bono model in Lubbock County and will make a better effort on referring Reduced Fee
Cases in our surrounding rural counties. Establish a clinic in one of our rural areas. I will shoot for sometime in
spring and visit that county for attorney recruitment and participation from some of the county courts. Tentative
date: June 2008
MCKINNEY Jan Kearney, Coordinator
Continue to hold our regularly scheduled legal aid clinics in all 5 counties that the McKinney office serves,
including Collin, Grayson, Fannin, Hunt and Rockwall. Fannin and Hunt clinics are held quarterly. Collin,
Grayson, and Rockwall clinics are held monthly.
Will continue to make contact with private attorneys by telephone calls, emails, and attendance at the bar
meetings in each county, asking for assistance at our legal aid clinics as well as pro bono case representation.
This is done on an ongoing basis weekly.
Will be reaching out to the Judges in all 5 counties to gain more visible support from the Bench in Grayson,
Fannin and Hunt counties. This is a monthly ongoing process.
Will hold recognition events in each of our 5 counties. Collin County-May 2008. Rockwall County-May 2008.
Grayson, Fannin and Hunt Counties in December 2008.
MIDLAND Pete Fierro, Coordinator
EJVP Coordinator would like to see the establishment of clinics for the counties of Glasscock, Martin, Reagan
and Upton Counties. The Managing Attorney and EJVP Coordinator in 2007 have gone to various proposed
locations for clinics. With legal clinics already established in Midland at Casa de Amigos and in Howard
County at the Northside Community Center, Proposed visits to the outlying counties will begin on a
quarterly basis.. The Midland Branch office must be streamlined with other LANWT branch offices with
number of clinics offered. A second proposed clinic is being thought of for Howard County at the old
courthouse to offer private attorneys a chance for CLE viewing in one of the rooms in the old Courthouse. The
second clinic to be held at the Howard County Indigent Office will begin on January 2008.
A Basic Landlord Tenant Clinic to be held in 2008 for the purpose of purpose of informing the indigent of their
rights regarding landlord tenant relations. A proposed date is March 2008.
A wills clinic will be held in Midland County in 2007. The goal would be to get private attorneys to draft the
wills for clients on sight. The Second clinic will be on April 2008.
Elder Law seminar for 2008. All day presentation involving both clients and private attorneys in durable power
of attorney, medical power of attorney, directive to physicians, do not resuscitate orders and the need for wills-
brief discussion for the need for one, the pits falls of intestate succession. Proposed date is July 2008.
In 2005 and 2006 and EEOC presentation was conducted. Another EEOC clinic for the general public is the
planning stages for 2008. Topics to include employment discrimination claims, the process to go about reporting
them and if the EEOC does not decide to prosecute what steps clients can take to prosecute. Assuming we can
obtain the services of the EEOC from Dallas, a tentative date is going to be August 2008.
Continue with working with media outreach, both in radio, print and television.
Pro Se Clinics will be held starting in February 2008 and will run the same length as the evening clinics.
To obtain more private attorney/lay volunteer involvement. Ongoing With over three hundred (300) private
attorneys who are eligible to practice law in our service area. Will re-evaluate what was done in the past to build
on more positive recruitment methods and pro bono opportunities in an effort to increase private attorney
involvement in the Midland Branch Officer service areas.
NAACP Justice Project Rosa Turner, Coordinator
Establish 2 new discrimination legal clinics that will be held in English and Spanish low-income neighborhoods
in an effort to increase client services. This goal is carry over from 2006. Projected date: June 2008.
Continue to attend Mexican-American Bar Association Meetings to recruit bi-lingual attorneys to staff legal
clinics held in the Hispanic neighborhoods. Ongoing
Continue quarterly Pro Bono Advisory Board meetings that will be utilized to help promote the Justice Project
and its efforts to provide services to clients with discrimination problems. March, June, September, and
Continue to attend the monthly Minority Leaders & Citizens Council, Black Woman Lawyers Association of
Tarrant County and the Tarrant County Black Bar Association meetings to recruit volunteers to staff the legal
Continue existing discrimination legal clinics at the Diamond Hill Community Center, Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church, Cobb Park Center, North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, Eugene McCray Community Center,
Martin Luther King Community Center, Como Community Center, New Mt. Calvary Baptist Clinic, Hillside
Community Clinic and Lilac District XXI Center, Riverside Community Center, Andrew “DOC” Session
Community Center, and Butler Branch Clinic. Ongoing
Continue to partnerships with Tarrant County EEOC and HUD in an effort to promote and expand services to
applicants with discrimination issues. Ongoing
Reorganize planning team for annual Discrimination Seminar. May 2008
Open another clinic in the Meadowbrook Area. June 2008
To form a partnership with TWC 3rd year student to volunteer at clinics February 2008.
ODESSA Michelle Galindo, Coordinator
Continue to meet with members for the Pro Bono Advisory Board. Ongoing
Pro Bono Awards need to be scheduled with collaboration of the Ector County Bar President for first quarter
Implement an EEOC Clinic for the Odessa Branch office service area. Advertise in the Odessa American and
use the print media to do outreach in Andrews, Crane, Loving, Ward and Winkler Counties. Ongoing
Domestic Violence workshop with local domestic violence shelters for the Odessa Branch office area. Again
using the media to reach the counties that fall under the Odessa Branch office. (Andrews, Crane, Loving, Ward
and Winkler counties.) Ongoing
CLE to continue in 2007-08 for the recruitment of new private attorneys. Monthly
Continue to contact with other service agencies in the Odessa service area to encourage collaboration between
the various agencies. Ongoing
Continue to work with the local media (newspaper, radio and television) to get the word out about our office
and our services as well as special events. Ongoing
Continue to work in the rural communities to recruit more private attorneys in the rural areas. Ongoing
PLAINVIEW Sylvia Chavez, Coordinator
Attend all events of the Plainview Bar Association to recruit attorneys to participate with the local Equal Justice
Volunteer Program. Ongoing
Implement periodic clinics/workshops in the community beginning January 2008
Conduct MCLE Videotape showings so that the private attorneys can get free CLE and take pro bono cases at
the same time. Quarterly
Hold specialty clinics, such as wills, power of attorney, and bankruptcy. Ongoing
Plan a fundraising event by December 31, 2008
Contact attorneys enrolled to accept pro bono cases, but have not taken any recently and/or recruit them to act as
presenters at client centered workshops hosted by EJVP. Ongoing
Implement quarterly Advisory Board meetings. March 2008
Conduct a training session designed to recruit Lay Advocates to do volunteer. June 2008
Contact local churches, community centers, and social agencies for free space to co-sponsor a workshop or
clinic. Beginning January 2008
Increase the visibility of the Branch EJV Program in the rural counties by making personal visits to attorneys.
Beginning January 2008
SAN ANGELO Tonnie Robbins, Coordinator
Increase the number or private attorneys in our service area, both pro bono and reduced fee, to accept cases.
Re-visit existing panel attorneys who are on either panel, but have not accepted a case in the last 12 months to
re-recruit them. Ongoing.
Have quarterly meetings of the Pro Bono Advisory Board in an attempt to get more participation in our program
by using the board in that area. Beginning January, 2008.
Increase private attorney involvement by visiting the offices of new attorneys who have located to our service
area and revisit existing attorneys who are on our Pro Bono and Reduced Fee panels. Ongoing.
Increase the visibility of the Branch EJV Program in the rural communities of our service area by personal
contact with those attorneys. Ongoing.
Recruit more attorneys to participate in Project VCR by sending out invitations to attorneys in our service area
not already included on our panel. Ongoing since inception.
Recruit an attorney that would be willing to sit every other month at the existing Advice Only Clinic held in
McCulloch County in an effort to increase client services. Beginning in January, 2008.
Hold awards ceremony during monthly bar meeting for 2007 attorneys. January, 2008.
Continue CLE video as recruitment of attorneys. Monthly.
Continue Pro Se Divorce clinics. Ongoing monthly.
WAXAHACHIE Patricia (Trish) Walker, Coordinator
Recruit one (1) new attorney per month.
Increase the delivery of free legal services for eligible clients through the new monthly Ellis County Clinic in
Recruit attorneys in Ellis County for a quarterly Wills Clinic. Ongoing
Hold Judge's Conference in Ellis County in late winter or early spring 2008.
WICHITA FALLS Linda Gomez, Coordinator
Accept as many priority cases in as many of our twelve (12) county service area as possible. Ongoing goal.
Maintain and recruit new attorneys to accept pro bono cases and staff legal clinics. Ongoing goal.
Offer free CLE credits with monthly in house video showings and quarterly video showings in remote areas,
and thru a live seminar to be held in conjunction with Family Violence Coalition scheduled for October.
Target general outreach and recruitment efforts in all our twelve (12) county service area. Quarterly goal.
Attend health fairs in offering counties. Implement community education activities in selected remote counties
by calling local courthouses, schools, community outreach services, etc., and set up a clinic to speak about
LANWT services available. A volunteer attorney will also be present to speak on various subjects, such as
wills, probate, or general family issues. Walk-ins will be accepted. Quarterly goal.
Maintain two monthly legal advice clinics and schedule one-time advice clinics in various remote counties
quarterly. All clinics accept walk-ins and will be staffed by a volunteer attorney. Monthly and quarterly goal.
Continue to honor outstanding pro bono attorneys with an award recognition event each year. February 2008.
Continue to work with all media sources and the Wichita County Bar Association. Ongoing goal.
Pro Bono participation "saves" lives...Addressing the civil needs of low-income people involves the
combined efforts of legal aid staff attorneys, the substantial commitment of private attorneys, and lay
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BAR ASSOCIATION PARTNERSHIPS
ABILENE Abilene Bar Association
Brown County Bar Association
AMARILLO Amarillo Area Bar Association
DALLAS Dallas Asian-American Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
J. L. Turner Legal Association
DENTON Denton Bar Association
FORT WORTH Arlington Bar Association
Black Women Lawyers Association of Tarrant County
Erath County Bar Association
Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
Johnson County Bar Association
Mexican American Bar Association
Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association
Palo Pinto County Bar Association
Parker County Bar Association
Tarrant County Bar Association
Tarrant County Black Bar Association
Tarrant County Debtors Bar Association
Lubbock Lubbock County Bar Association
Lubbock County Women Lawyers Association
Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association
Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers
Mexican American Bar Association
South Plains Family Law Association
South Plains Trial Lawyers Association
West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association
McKINNEY Collin County Bar Association
Collin County Young Lawyers Association
Fannin County Bar Association
Frisco Bar Association
Grayson County Bar Association
Grayson County Young Lawyers Association
Hunt County Bar Association
Plano Bar Association
Rockwall County Bar Association
MIDLAND Midland County Bar Association
Midland County Young Lawyers Association
ODESSA Ector County Bar Association
Ector County Young Lawyers Association
PLAINVIEW Plainview Bar Association
SAN ANGELO Tom Green County Bar Association
WAXAHACHIE Ellis County Bar Association
Kaufman County Bar Association
WICHITA FALLS Wichita County Bar Association
2008 EJVP Workplan