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Poverty Law Conference - April 23-25, 2014


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The 2014 conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin. The room block will be open until April 1, 2014 at a rate of $115/night.

This three-day event provides valuable training on poverty law issues affecting low-income and poor Texans.

The conference offers targeted continuing legal education with a specific public interest focus. The conference will feature presentations from some of the most knowledgeable poverty law practitioners and private attorneys in their respective fields.

If you are:

  • Employed by a program receiving LSC funds
  • Employed by a program receiving TAJF funds
  • Employed by a Texas non-profit legal services provider, where at least 50% of the civil legal services are free to Texans whose income is 175% of the federal poverty guidelines or less
  • Employed by a domestic violence agency
  • Employed as a legal assistance officer
  • A member of the 2013 Pro Bono College

Your fee is:

  • $100 for full conference and materials
  • $75 for Thursday ONLY tuition and materials

If you are a government attorney, your fee is:

  • $150 for full conference and materials
  • $125 for Thursday ONLY tuition and materials

If you are a private attorney, your fee is:

  • $200 for full conference and materials
  • $175 for Thursday ONLY tuition and materials

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What to Expect

  • A multi-tracked substantive curriculum focusing on all aspects of poverty law practice, including, but not limited to, family, housing, consumer, immigration and public benefits
  • The opportunity to learn from successful practitioners, within legal services and the private sector
  • A broad-based program offering valuable sessions, whether you are a seasoned advocate, generalist, or new legal services attorney
  • An open forum where you can meet and network with colleagues who represent low-income and poor Texans
  • A full year's worth of CLE credit at a cost that can't be beat, and of the quality that you've come to expect from the Legal Services Support Division of the State Bar

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Who Should Attend

  • Executive directors of legal services programs
  • Managers of legal services programs
  • Legal services staff attorneys
  • Civil legal aid advocates
  • Advocates who provide legal assistance to low-income members of the military
  • Pro bono program managers and staff
  • Private attorneys who provide pro bono services in civil cases
  • Law students interested in providing legal services to the poor

Scholarship Applications

A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for legal service advocates. If your attendance is contingent upon receipt of a Poverty Law Conference scholarship, please do not register for the conference until you have been notified of a scholarship award. Payment is required at the time of registration. We will notify recipients about whether we are able to offer a scholarship to applicants by February 18, 2014.

To apply for assistance, complete the scholarship form [PDF] and submit by February 7, 2014.

Contact Us


800.204.2222, (ext. 1855)



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