STUDENTS, ATTORNEYS VOLUNTEER FOR “ANSWER-A-THON” Baylor Law School students and attorneys from Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee provided pro bono services via an “Answer-a-Thon” on September 21 in Waco. The 15 students and five attorneys answered questions submitted by residents on the Texas Legal Answers website, texaslegalanswers.org. The clinic provided increased access to justice for low-income Texans, gave law students the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys to assist clients, and provided easier access to attorneys offering pro bono services. HARVEY DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING Attorneys attended a Harvey relief legal training session October 11 at South Texas College of Law Houston. The training focused on Federal Emergency Management Agency applications and how to appeal a FEMA denial. Information was provided about legal clinics and pro bono efforts lawyers can take part in. The training was sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of Houston, State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section, Boat People SOS—Houston, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Houston ECI, Houston Lawyers Association, Lone Star Legal Aid, OCA Greater Houston, South Asian Bar Association of Houston, and South Texas College of Law Houston. CANLAW Clinic helps cancer patients with estate planning In April 2017, two Austin attorneys founded the CANLAW Clinic to provide estate planning legal services to cancer patients. With the help of the Austin Bar Association, Austin Bar Foundation, Capital Area Paralegal Association, TXDocs, and other partners, the clinics, held twice a year, provide clients with a comprehensive estate planning package that covers wills, statutory durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, HIPAA releases, and physicians directives (living wills). The four-hour sessions have helped more than 30 clients. Co-founders Caitlin Haney Johnston and Randy Cubriel are planning the next clinic for spring 2018. For more information, go to cancerlawclinic.org. Second cohort of TOJI begins The second cohort of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator, or TOJI, started on October 2 in Austin. The 18-month program is a State Bar of Texas initiative to close the access to justice gap and is the first statewide legal incubator in Texas. It provides new attorneys with hands-on skills they’ll need to establish their own law practices that serve modest-income Texans. The participants represent a range of law focuses. Kristina Chung, a University of Texas School of Law graduate who practices family law, said TOJI will offer her a safety net while learning the ins and outs of running a business. “They take away a lot of the pitfalls such as wasting money,” she said. For more information, go to txoji.com. State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association win Luminary Awards The State Bar of Texas received a Luminary Award for Excellence in Electronic Media and the Dallas Bar Association won one for Excellence in Special Projects at the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section Workshop, held in October in St. Louis, Missouri. Each fall the workshop brings together bar associations from across the country to network, learn about new industry trends, and recognize their communications and marketing projects from the past year. The State Bar received its award for a social media photo contest and the Dallas Bar Association was honored for a special project to raise funds for the bar’s annual Equal Access to Justice Campaign.
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