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GCBA September Newsletter
Mark Your Calendars

Please calendar the following GCBA 2016-2017 CLE luncheons, held  at noon at the San Luis Resort and Conference Center:

Sept. 15
Oct. 20
Nov. 17
Jan. 19
Feb. 16
Mar. 16
Apr. 20 (Law Day, tentative date)
May 18
June 15 (elections)

The GCBA Annual Holiday Party  and Young Lawyer Silent Auction is on Thursday,  December. 8th, from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Viewfinder Room,  Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa.

September CLE Luncheon

Please join us on Thursday, September 15th at noon at the San Luis Resort and Conference Center as we welcome 10th District Judicial Court Judge Kerry Neves as he presents on 'Persuasive Speaking.' Join us and learn how to persuade  people using the language of visualization, emphasizing word pictures to make the audience "see" what you want them to see and avoiding certain clutter words.    

Galveston County Young Lawyers Section
Eligible attorneys should calendar the following Young Lawyer Section 2016-2017 luncheons, held at noon at the  Olympia Grill at Pier 21:
Sept. 29
Nov. 8
Jan. 27
Mar. 17

The Young Lawyer Section is also coordinating the following section happy hours:
Oct. 21, TBD based on Oktoberfest availability
Feb. 16, at 21

For more information about the Young Lawyer Section, please contact Section President, Joseph Cavanah:  [email protected]

Upcoming Veteran's Clinic

The next Veteran's Clinic will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 22nd at the Galveston VA Outpatient Clinic, 3828 Ave. N, Galveston, TX 77550.  If you able to attend please Volunteer in advance and arrive a little early on the day of the clinic for a brief orientation on how to best help the veterans in attendance.  Lisa Marie Windsor, Staff Attorney at Houston Volunteer Lawyers can answer any questions and can be reached at 713.275.0124 or [email protected].

GCYLS Fall Food Drive
The Galveston County Young Lawyer Section is partnering with Ball High Student Council for ABC13's 36th Annual "Share Your Holidays" Food Drive benefitting the Galveston County Food Bank. 

Food Collection Receptacles will be delivered to participating attorney offices in November.

Please email GCYLS President,   Joseph Cavanah  if your office would like to participate by hosting a food donation box for two weeks in November.

Please share this flyer with anyone that may want to participate.

Join us in  the  fight against hunger because HUNGER NEVER TAKES A HOLIDAY!  

Pro Bono Opportunities  

The Texas Access to Justice Commission estimates that only 20% of people who income-qualify are able to get the legal help they need through legal service organizations. 

Section 6 of the Preamble to the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct states that lawyers have an ethical obligation to do pro bono and that every lawyer, regardless of professional prominence or workload, should be doing pro bono. It also provides assurance that pro bono could be one of the most rewarding experiences of an attorney's life.

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors adopted a revised Pro Bono Policy on Sept. 22, 2000, which establishes an aspirational goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services to the poor each year for each Texas attorney.

There are many ways to offer pro bono legal services, including working in a legal advice clinic, mentoring another attorney in an area of law in which you have expertise, or taking a case from a legal services organization. 

The Children's Center  is one of the oldest charities  in Texas, serving a very diverse population. 

While not the only area of need, one way to help The Children's Center is to volunteer legal support for their family reunification program for unaccompanied minors primarily from Central America, South America, and Mexico. 

The Children's Center, in  collaboration  with the American Bar Association's  Children's Immigration Law Academy, facilitates  training to attorneys interested in helping the vulnerable population. 

Please contact Corporate Counsel, Kimberly Stone for more information about partnering with The Children's Center.

Lone Star Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm, operating as the fourth largest legal aid organization of its type in the United States. LSLA provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families who have immediate needs but cannot afford an attorney. LSLA serves f inancially-eligible clients only, focusing resources on
* Maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability 
* Preserving housing 
* Improving outcomes for children 
* Establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well-being 
* Assisting populations with special vulnerabilities such as those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills
Contact Galveston Managing Attorney, Betty Vereen to partner with LSLA by providing pro bono legal services. 

Report Your Pro Bono Hours  

It is important that both the Texas Legislature and the public recognize that lawyers give back to the community through pro bono work.

The State Bar wants to keep track of your volunteer contributions, and makes it easy for you to do so. Attorneys may log onto  www.texasbar.com/mybarpage , using their bar number and password, to report their pro bono hours.  Similar to MCLE reporting, attorneys will now be able to report and track their pro bono hours and contributions cumulatively throughout the calendar year.  Attorneys who report 75 hours or more of pro bono service a year will be invited to join the  State Bar's Pro Bono College , which is an honorary society for legal professionals committed to pro bono. 

By reporting your qualifying pro bono and financial contributions, pro bono attorneys are helping to highlight the importance of pro bono in meeting the legal needs of indigent Texans while also providing much needed support for funding requests for legal services programs and improving the public perception of lawyers overall.
Help the State Bar of Texas collect the data needed to measure the difference Texas lawyers make for those in need of legal help.

Accurate measures of pro bono work allow the State Bar of Texas to:
  • Raise the level of awareness of the good work lawyers do;
  • Present facts for presentations or testimony in legislative committees;
  • Improve the legal profession's reputation to the community; and
  • Provide data to the legislature that more resources are needed

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