State Bar sections show big increase in pro bono reporting. BY STATE BAR OF TEXAS LEGAL ACCESS DIVISION, email@example.com Lawyers love a competition. That must be why the 2015 Pro Bono Challenge saw a 40 percent increase in the number of pro bono hours reported by participating sections of the State Bar of Texas. The bar’s Legal Access Division launched the challenge in 2013 to recognize sections for pro bono participation, grow the competitive spirit among the sections, and enhance the culture of pro bono in Texas. Since the challenge was created, members have assigned more than 55,000 pro bono hours to their respective sections. Almost all sections reported more hours in 2015 than they did in 2014 and also increased the number of members reporting pro bono services, with the top sections nearly doubling their participation rates. The Legal Access Division congratulates the winners of the 2015 challenge, the Family Law Section and the Immigration and Nationality Law Section. The groups will receive trophies to commemorate their victories. For 2016, the Legal Access Division challenges all sections to reach 100 percent participation. The Pro Bono Challenge continues for this bar year and will end May 31, 2016. Section members can log on to their My Bar Page (texasbar.com/mybarpage) then click on the “View/Report Hours” link under the “Pro Bono Hours” section to add and designate their time spent providing volunteer legal services. By reporting their participation, members help highlight the importance of pro bono in meeting the legal needs of low-income Texans, provide much-needed support for legal services programs, and improve the public perception of lawyers—not to mention earn bragging rights for their section!
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