Before the creation of the Community Justice Program, rustling up Rio Grande Valley attorneys to take pro bono divorce cases was a challenge for the local legal aid office. Before CJP, if legal aid staffers found 30 to 35 attorneys to handle 40 cases in a year, “that was a good year,” says Pablo J. Almaguer, a legal aid attorney and branch manager of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Edinburg office.
Kicked off in September 2006, CJP is a joint project of TRLA and the bar associations of Hidalgo and Cameron counties.
Now, TRLA gets 100 to 120 attorney volunteers a year through CJP, which means about 120 to 150 pro bono divorces, Almaguer says.
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