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Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee

Created in 1974

Purpose

To concern itself with creation and means of implementation of programs, such as legal aid or pro bono efforts, to assure delivery of legal services to persons who are unable to afford counsel to represent them in civil matters. The composition of the committee shall include members of legal aid, legal services and pro bono programs, including at least one director from one of the Legal Service Corp. field programs.

2019-2020 Projects & Objectives

  • Monitor state and national developments in efforts to assure all Texans equal access to justice

  • Study local rules in Texas jurisdictions to draft recommendations of practices to make the justice system accessible for low-income Texans, specifically for indigent self-represented litigants

  • Educate attorneys on TRCP Rule 145 and its use in providing access to the Texas courts

  • Pro Bono Week 2019 (October 20-26): Organize celebrations of pro bono service across the state, incorporate the national focus on legal responses to domestic/family violence 

  • Develop Bar Leaders Conference programming in July 2020 to inspire and support local bars in establishing or expanding their own pro bono projects

  • Publicize annual Pro Bono Excellence Awards and recommend recipients to State Bar Board of Directors

  • Utilize resources of State Bar Committees Department to increase efficiency and efficacy of committee members’ efforts

Staff Contact
Becky Moseley
Staff Attorney
(512) 427-1863

Legal Access Division
(512) 427-1855
probono@texasbar.com

For information about low-income legal services providers in Texas, please visit www.TexasLawHelp.org or call the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) at (800) 252-9690.

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Brian McGiverin (CHAIR)

Austin Community Law Center

Austin

Eric Garza (VICE CHAIR)

Norton Rose Fulbright

San Antonio

Farha Ahmed

Farha Ahmed, Attorney at Law PLLC

Sugar Land

Lisa S. Barkley

Jefferson Cano

San Antonio

Keri Brown

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Houston

Randall D. Chapman

 

Austin

Beryl Ponton Crowley

Beryl P. Crowley Attorney & Counselor at Law

Austin

MacKenzie Dunham

Access Justice Houston

Houston

Yu-cheng Fan

The Fan Law Office

Dallas

Jesse Lee Gaines

 

Fort Worth

Megan Goor-Peters

The Brender Law Firm

Fort Worth

Ann Heaps

Texas Legal Services Center

Austin

Monica Karuturi

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Houston

Dianne Kennedy

 

Eastland

Alberto Mesta

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

El Paso

Terri Michelle Morgeson

Texas Tech School of Law

Lubbock

Sambar Mukerji

Mukerji Law Firm, PC

Houston

Karen-Lee Pollak

Pollak PLLC

Dallas

Judge Mario Efrain Ramirez

332nd District Court

Edinburg

Michelle Ann Brown Reed

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Dallas

Penny Robe

Robe Law Firm

Plano

Judge Eduardo Rodriguez

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Edinburg

Kristina Ross

Beard & Harris

Tyler

Melissa Sircar

Tarrant County Bar Association

Southlake

Keegan Warren-Clem

Texas Legal Services Center

Austin

Michele Wong Krause

The Wong Krause Law Firm

Dallas

Daniella Landers (Advisory)

Reed Smith LLP

Houston

Letetia Marie Patin (Advisory)

The Patin Law Group, PLLC

DeSoto

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