In anticipation of National Pro Bono Week (October 23–29), the Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce that the application for the 2012 Pro Bono in January trip will be available on Monday, October 24. Pro Bono in January is an annual winter break trip that gives law students the opportunity to engage in meaningful pro bono work in low-income communities. This year, the Pro Bono Program will take forty to fifty students as well as several faculty members to the Texas Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and El Paso during the second week of January.
This will be Pro Bono in January’s third year in the Valley. A group of students will work with attorneys with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the South Texas Civil Rights Project to staff wills clinics in various Valley cities. Under the supervision of local attorneys, students will interview low-income property owners about their estate needs and help draft wills for them. In addition, the students will undertake field research for a major study for the Texas Legislature on the use of contracts for deed in Texas colonias, a project of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.
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