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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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At the Austin Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, our mission is to offer our time, talent and experience to provide assistance to those people and organizations without access to the legal profession. We will partner with each other, our private practice colleagues and members of the pro bono community to be effective advocates to those who need our help. If you are interested in helping others, but don't know where to turn, click on the above link to find out what opportunities exist. You'll find a variety of projects where you'll be able to work on issues that matter to you. Want to know more? See our FAQ and Helpful Links page to get the information you need.

 

A Message From The Pro Bono Chair

The Austin Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) strives to provide in-house and corporate lawyers with pro bono opportunities tailored to meet their situations, skills and interests.  Our goal is to support our local Austin community by providing legal services to those in need who might otherwise be neglected.  We are constantly working to identify and provide pro bono opportunities, legal training, and networking opportunities where our members can meet our local Access to Justice leaders, law firms, and other corporate counsel in an effort to promote pro bono awareness and the formation of partnerships.  If you have any questions about pro bono opportunities in Austin, please contact Brycellyn LaBorde, Executive Director for ACC Austin, or feel free to reach out to me directly.

Best Regards,

Robert A. Rodriguez


Pro Bono Opportunities
 

VLS EVENING CLINICS
 

Helping Central Texans with Basic Legal Needs

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situations, with the currently mandated social distancing measures, Volunter Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) has made the decision to temporarily suspend its Wednesday Webb Middle School in-person clinics.

Unfortunately, this does not mean that the legal needs of Austin's underserved community have also been suspended. Far from it. To address this, VLS is shifting to "on call" and "virtual clinic" models in order to continue offering legal advice to its clients. I ask you to consider giving your time to support these. Please visit VolunterHub to sign up for an hour (or two) of "on call" time in lieu of time at the in-person clinic. VLS is currently offering  two options, business hours and evening hours. After you sign up and pick your shift and preference, someone from VLS will provide you with the client information for your shift.

If you find that you can offer more of your time, VLS also has both family law and general law cases available for you. If this is something you can support, please contact Martha Contreras regarding family law cases or Gaby Posada regarding general law cases.

These are unprecedented times. I thank you for any pro bono assistance you can provide. Please feel free to contact me or our Executive Director Brycellyn LaBorde with questions.

Robert Rodriguez
Pro Bono Chair - Austin Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
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For more information about VLS Clinics, click here.

CHILD PROTECTION

CASA of Travis County, Inc. recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers to provide “guardian ad litem” representation for abused and neglected children to help them reach a safe and permanent home. This is a great opportunity for lawyers, paralegals and others to represent those without a voice in our legal system.

CASA volunteers are concerned community members who complete 30 hours of intensive training and donate an average of 20 hours a month to the service of one child or sibling group for a minimum of one year.

CASA volunteers monitor each child’s educational, therapeutic, placement, legal, and medical progress and work one-on-one with each child to gain trust, offer insight, and speak up for the child’s best interest. Court appointed by a judge, a volunteer advocate provides verbal and written reports to the judge including final placement recommendations. The opinions of the CASA volunteers and staff members are often incorporated into the children's service plans. CASA staff provides guidance and supervision for the volunteers as they serve child victims.

CASA’s intense personalized advocacy often uncovers critical information about a child’s situation and brings it to light in court. The foster care system is overwhelmed by the number of children in its care, forcing social workers to carry large caseloads and provide limited opportunities for the one-on-one attention that every child in the system deserves. CASA volunteers are able to meet with the children frequently and are able to share information with DFPS for a greater level of care. The regular contact with the child allows the CASA volunteer to build a relationship, make sure all the child’s needs are met, and assure the child is in a safe, permanent home. For more information about working with CASA, please contact Bridget Brannon at CASA.Bridget@gmail.com

PRO BONO FAMILY LAW

No greater legal need exists in Central Texas than for lawyers to represent those attempting to stabilize and protect their families. And, there is possibly no greater sense of professional satisfaction for a lawyer than when making a difference in the life of a family in crisis.

Organized family law related pro bono organizations that you can contact about volunteering include:

  • Family Eldercare: Assists elderly and disabled individuals in obtaining Guardianships and short-term money management assistance. (512) 450-0844

Family law related volunteer opportunities are available through these organizations, as well as many other legal service agencies in the greater Austin area.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) provides free legal and accounting services to arts nonprofits and artists from all creative disciplines, including visual artists, musicians, actors, dancers, film makers and writers. Over 600 attorneys and accountants donate their time to artists and nonprofit organizations who are unable to afford professional services. Without TALA, their problems would remain unresolved and their interests unrepresented.

TALA services include lawyer and accountant pro bono assistance, dispute resolution services, educational programs for the artistic and business community, publications, and a resource library. Programs are designed to help artists apply legal and accounting concepts for their benefit.

Pro bono opportunities include providing advice on:

  • Non-Profit Organization Incorporation & Tax-Exempt Status
  • Contract Drafting, Negotiation and Review
  • Estate Planning for Artists
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • Arts-Related Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Demand Letters
  • Dispute Resolution / Arts Mediation

For more information, go to www.talarts.org or e-mail Deb Dirks for more information.
 


 

FAQ’S

  • What if I'm not Texas licensed?
    In most situations, you will be paired with a Texas-licensed attorney.The teamwork will help give better advice to the client, and you’ll get a networking opportunity!
     
  • What if I don't have malpractice insurance?
    Volunteer Legal Services, Texas C-BAR and the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts have malpractice insurance that covers its volunteers.
     
  • What if I’m not a subject matter expert in the areas needed?
    Don't worry. Resources and experts are available if you need to step back and ask questions. However, you'll be surprised how much you can help with just basic legal knowledge and common sense.Plus, it’s a great way to expand your own knowledge base and network.
     
  • I want to help, but I do not know what to do.

    See the links below or contact Robert Rodriguez or Deb Dirks at austin@accglobal.com. You may also contact Kate Hannaher, Pro Bono Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas at khannaher@vlsoct.org.

Helpful Links

For a very thorough listing of organizations in the Austin area (and all of Texas) that provide pro bono legal assistance, please see www.texasatj.org and click on the Find Legal Assistance link.

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