October 23, 2019

Support Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

Thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who have participated in Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV) over the years. Since the project’s launch in 2010, more than 32,000 veterans have been served by over 11,000 volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students through local bar association and legal aid organization veterans legal clinics in Texas. All of your efforts have improved access to justice for our brave veterans and made a difference in their lives. However, there is more work to be done and many veterans remain in need of legal assistance.

We hope you will consider getting involved in TLTV and supporting veterans in honor of Veterans Day in November. Here are a few ways to get involved:

Partner with an existing Veterans Legal Advice Clinic:  Volunteer at a local veterans clinic such as the Austin Bar’s Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans.  CLICK HERE for more information.  Or, CLICK HERE to see a list of other clinics held around the state.

Take a Veterans Issues CLE: TexasBarCLE is offering a free CLE course for attorneys who pledge to volunteer to assist a veteran with a divorce case in the upcoming year. You may take the Military Divorce Law Update & Primer online here. The course is accredited for 2 hours of CLE, including .25 hours ethics. If you are interested in this course or other veterans issues CLEs, please visit the TexasBarCLE website to learn more and see additional TexasBarCLE classes available.

Volunteer for Texas Legal Answers: The State Bar’s Legal Access Division hosts Texas Legal Answers, a free, online legal advice clinic for low-income Texans. The site allows individuals who meet certain financial guidelines, and who need basic legal guidance, to log on and post questions, which are answered by volunteer attorneys across the state. The online Q&A style of Texas Legal Answers ensures that rural Texans and others who lack access to traditional legal aid can get help. It also provides a flexible volunteer opportunity for lawyers across the state. The site is mobile friendly and malpractice insurance is provided, through the American Bar Association, for all volunteers answering questions through the site. Those interested in volunteering can visit the website to learn more and sign up.

Thank you for all you do to support Texas veterans. TLTV had a successful year of supporting our service members and is looking forward to continuing this important work. If you have any questions, please contact TLVA or visit their website.