Corporate counsel community golfs to support legal aid The Texas Access to Justice Commission, in conjunction with the General Counsel Forum, raised $71,026 for civil legal aid during the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Classic on Nov. 20 in San Antonio. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. Additionally, the commission recognized Dell Legal’s pro bono efforts, and the forum presented the group with a Magna Stella Award. Fund alleviates communication costs The State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division and the Disability Issues Committee have launched the Communication Access Fund, which reimburses lawyers who use sign language interpreters or other auxiliary services to better communicate with clients with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. A lawyer must email a completed reimbursement request form along with the invoice and proof of payment to the Legal Access Division within 30 days of the date on which auxiliary aid or services were provided. The division will consider each request on a case-by-case basis and according to the availability of funding and additional criteria. For more information, go to texasbar.com/communicationaccess. Nearly 600 coats donated in drive The Corpus Christi Bar Association teamed up with the Nueces County Courthouse and the Salvation Army to collect nearly 600 jackets during a winter coat drive that took place from Oct. 22 to Nov. 20. Foundation honors legal aid advocates On Oct. 20, in conjunction with the National Pro Bono Celebration, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation recognized legal groups and individuals who advocate for pro bono. Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson received an inaugural award named in his honor. Other award winners included former Sen. Robert Duncan and Reps. Senfronia Thompson and Sarah Davis, who accepted Legislative Hero Awards. The State Bar of Texas received the Harold F. Kleinman Award, while the State Bar’s Construction Law Section received the Access to Justice Award. Independent Bank, PlainsCapital Bank, and Preston State Bank were recognized with the Prime Partners in Justice Award. Committees seeking nominations for legal services awards The State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015 Pro Bono Excellence Awards. Individuals, groups, firms, and organizations that perform exceptional work in the field of legal services to the poor will be considered. Nominations are being accepted via official form until Feb. 27. The awards will be presented at the 2015 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in June. For more information, go to texasbar.com/probonoawards. Additionally, the State Bar Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee is calling for nominations for two awards, which will be presented at the Annual Advanced Criminal Law course in July. The Warren Burnett Award is given to an attorney or organization that has improved the quality of criminal legal representation to indigents in Texas. The Michael K. Moore Award goes to an individual or organization for exceptional research or writing related to indigent criminal defense. Nominations are being accepted via official form until Feb. 27. For more information, go to texasbar.com/probonoawards.
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