This January 11–15, 2010, forty students from the University of Texas School of Law spent part of their Winter Break in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley carrying out pro bono legal work for underserved communities. The William Wayne Justice Center’s Pro Bono Program and a student group, Pro Bono in January, organized the trip to provide a way for Law School students to carry out meaningful pro bono work in Texas between semesters.
Ten Law School students aided Hurricane Ike victims in Houston from January 11–15. A large number of low-income families whose homes were damaged by the hurricane have been unable to receive housing assistance because they lack clear title to their property. Students partnered with volunteer attorneys in Houston to review title commitments for prospective clients, help families determine the ownership status of their land, prepare affidavits of heirship, assist with contract for deed conversions, and prepare deeds. At the end of the week, pro bono attorneys assumed full representation of unresolved cases.
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