David G. Hall, Executive Director
David G. Hall is currently the Executive Director of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). He has held this position since 1975 and, under his direction, the organization has become the largest legal aid provider in Texas and third largest in the United States. Prior to working with TRLA, Hall served as the Director of the South Texas Project for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and was an attorney with the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1969. Prior to attending law school, Hall served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela.
Hall has received numerous awards and recognitions for his service, including a 2007 recognition from the Mid-West Association of Farmworker Organizations and inclusion in Texas Lawyer magazine’s “Legal Legend: A Century of Texas Law and Lawyering” as one of 100 Texas lawyers who have shaped the state’s legal history. In 1996 Hall received a special recognition from United Farm Workers of America President Cesar Chavez for his outstanding service to farmworkers. Hall was honored by the State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Section with the first Noble Award in Poverty Law in 2008. In 2010 Hall was named one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the last quarter century by Texas Lawyer. In 2011 the White House recognized Hall as part of their Champions of Change initiative for dedicating his career to closing the justice gap.
Under his leadership, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has received numerous awards and recognitions including being named 2008 Impact Player of the Year by Texas Lawyer.