June 27, 2018

VLS Announces Covington Pro Bono Winners

Attorneys and Law Firms Honored

On June 21, 2018, the Central Texas legal community gathered to celebrate the power of pro bono at the Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Awards Reception. The event, hosted by Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) and Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, recognized over seventy-five law firms and sixty attorneys for their investment of time, legal expertise, and philanthropic resources to increase access to justice.

Because of the steadfast support of attorneys and law firms, VLS is able to bring life-changing legal services to the community and ensure that those struggling to meet their basic needs of safety and security, housing, education, and health have somewhere to turn for legal help.

Also recognized at the Covington Pro Bono Service Awards Reception, were two individuals and a law firm that went above and beyond to help those in need through pro bono legal services.

Tecuan Flores, Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, received the Susan P. Burton Award for outstanding pro bono legal service by a lawyer licensed for five years or less.  In his four years as a licensed attorney, Tecuan has already handled eight pro bono cases and has become a seasoned volunteer at VLS legal clinics.

Kevin Holcomb, a partner with Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, received the J. Chrys Dougherty Award for his longtime advocacy on behalf of VLS clients.  Kevin has successfully handled 57 pro bono cases, served as a mentor to other VLS attorney volunteers, and provided regular assistance at VLS legal clinics for several decades.  His commitment and passion have been invaluable to the success of VLS and its clients.

The law firm of Mauzy & Tucker PLLC received the Joseph H. Hart Award, for providing exemplary pro bono legal services to low-income Central Texans.  Over the past three years, the law firm and its three attorneys have generously supported VLS, recruiting attorney volunteers and accepting 13 pro bono family law cases.

VLS is proud to recognize these outstanding lawyers and law firms and their many contributions to our greater community.

If you are interested in volunteering with VLS, please visit their website:  www.vlsoct.org.

(L-R) Judge Suzanne Covington and Priscilla G. Cortez, Executive Director of VLS.

(L-R) Priscilla G. Cortez with Tecuan Flores, Susan P. Burton Award recipient; Margaret Tucker and Catherine Mauzy, Joseph H. Hart Award recipient; and Kevin Holcomb, J. Chrys Dougherty Award recipient.