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Supporting and expanding the provision of legal-related charitable and education programs in Central Texas.

Austin Bar in Action:  Self-Represented Litigant Program

Residents of Travis County who are representing themselves in uncontested civil matters are required to go to the Travis County Law Library and Self Help Center (314 W. 11th, Austin, TX 78701) to obtain the proper forms before appearing in court.  Volunteer attorneys from the Austin Bar are in the Law Library to answer questions and help fill out forms Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – noon. They also assist with divorces, obtaining occupational driver’s licenses, name changes and landlord/tenant issues. Additionally, a volunteer attorney staffs the uncontested docket courtroom to help the litigants through the courtroom process.

Many self-represented litigants can’t afford the services of an attorney but also can’t qualify for free legal aid. These are the working poor of Travis County. Due to a judicial mandate, all self-represented litigants are required to go to the Travis County Self Help Center before they are allowed in court. Consequently, the Self Help Center has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking help. In response to this overwhelming need, the Austin Bar Foundation created the Self-Represented Litigant Program to provide assistance for self-represented litigants in the uncontested civil docket.


Attorneys are needed to help staff two volunteer spots each day at the Self Help Clinic.  To sign up using, follow these instructions:

  1. Click here to go to the invitation page on
  2. Enter your email address (You will NOT need to register an account on
  3. Sign up!  Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Note: does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Kelli Horan and she can sign you up manually.

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