Legal Aid Receives Support for Outreach to Rural Texans

Contact:
Cynthia Martinez, Communications Director * 512-374-2764 * cmartinez@trla.org

WESLACO, Texas – May 13, 2013 – The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded a grant of $11,620 to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) in support of expanding legal outreach to underserved areas of rural Texas.

The grant will go to support TRLA’s Rural Outreach Initiative (ROI), a program started in 2010 aimed at educating residents of rural areas on TRLA’s services and exploring systemic legal issues in these communities. The ROI is a project of TRLA and the Pro Bono Program at the University of Texas School of Law.

“Low-income Texans living in rural areas often have difficulty accessing the legal system,” said TRLA Executive Director David Hall. “Since we do not have offices in these areas, our Rural Outreach Initiative is vital to giving residents the support they need to fight for their legal rights.”

During the program, TRLA attorneys and UT law students visit small, rural towns and meet with residents regarding legal problems facing the community and services offered by TRLA. Additional visits throughout the year allow advocates to help residents address their legal issues and build relationships with community institutions to ensure that TRLA retains a strong presence in the area.

Added Hall, “The support of the Texas Bar Foundation will go a long way in helping low-income Texans get the legal help they need.”

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $14 million in grants to law-related programs.  Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety, and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services. For more information, including donor and pro bono opportunities, visit www.trla.org.

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