SOLACE (Support of Lawyers - All Concern Encouraged) is a program designed to assist attorneys or their families when catastrophic events or health situations take place. The SOLACE program connects those in the Texas legal community who are experiencing a hardship with those willing and able to help.
SOLACE is voluntary, simple, and straightforward. SOLACE does not solicit monetary contributions. Instead, it encourages assistance or donations in kind. Gift cards for items needed or direct items, such as wheelchairs or similar equipment, may be provided.
How SOLACE Works
People in need of help are asked to simply fill out the request form below. All submissions will be reviewed by the SOLACE team. Requests that fit within the program guidelines (click here) will be sent to SOLACE volunteers by email indicating how the person in need can be directly reached for help.
In special circumstances, the State Bar of Texas will coordinate efforts with the Federal Bar Association (FBA) SOLACE program, the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), and/or other state SOLACE programs. To learn more about the FBA program click here. To read about the State Bar of Texas SOLACE program in the Texas Bar Journal, click here.
1. SOLACE is a program that seeks assistance for attorneys or their families who have suffered a catastrophe such as a serious health circumstance, a catastrophic event or loss, or a serious injury. It helps by sharing information about those needs by email with SOLACE volunteers.
2. SOLACE will not solicit money, but may share requests for direct assistance or donations in kind. Gift cards for items or direct items, such as wheelchairs or other items needed, may be provided.
3. SOLACE seeks assistance by periodic emails. Because this process can vary with regard to timing and frequency, it should not be depended upon for serious time-sensitive needs and no expectations should be held regarding any outcome. It should be considered that, if a request is approved, volunteers may or may not be able to help with the particular need.
4. SOLACE does not solicit legal services, must remain free from political involvements, cannot be responsible for any item(s) provided by volunteers to persons in need, and is not responsible for or involved in the receipt or transmission of any funds, goods, or services to those requesting help.
5. SOLACE will attempt to handle all requests as discreetly as possible. SOLACE will not share the identity of a person requesting help in emails or to people other than SOLACE volunteers involved in the helping process.
6. SOLACE does not pass along requests unless there is agreement by all members of the SOLACE team that the request complies with the guidelines and is appropriate for sharing with SOLACE volunteers.
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