Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans is a State Bar of Texas program to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for military veterans who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need.

The program is a major initiative of 2010–11 State Bar of Texas President Terry Tottenham. “Our military servicemen and women have made great sacrifices in duty to their country,” said Tottenham, a former Marine. “As lawyers, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of a great many veterans — and in the families of soldiers who did not return.”

Veterans legal clinics are the initiative's primary mission.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Texas is providing Clinics in a Box to local bar associations and legal aid groups.  Along with the efforts of the State Bar of Texas, TYLA has authored two pamphlets: Resources for Veterans Seeking Help and Resources for Lawyers Assisting Veterans to assist both veterans and the lawyers donating their time to help.  



To learn more about Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, visit www.texasbar.com/veterans.


Ten Minute Mentor

Ten Minute Mentor features short video segments on topics useful to Texas lawyers. The presenters include legal legends(Joe Jamail, Harry Reasoner), respected jurists (Dale Wainwright, Mary Murphy), experts in their fields (Robert Hirschhorn, Jeff Civins), and young attorneys. Best of all, Ten Minute Mentor is free.

Legal Guide for Cancer Patients

TYLA's Legal Guide for Cancer Patients, prepared by a committee of Texas attorneys with guidance and input from several cancer advocacy centers, is intended to be an informative resource upon which you or your loved one can rely to answer legal questions like, "Am I entitled to time off work?", "Should I have a will?" and "How do I tell my doctors that I don't want to be placed on life support if my condition is terminal?"

Probate Passport

“Texas Probate Passport” has been prepared to inform the public regarding: (1) what happens legally to the property of a person when he or she dies with a will or without a will (see tab entitled “To Will or Not to Will”); and (2) how the probate process works (see tab entitled “Probate in Texas”). The “Checklists” tab provides lists to assist in preparing a will, and in preparing for probate. The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) seeks to make Texas residents aware of how the law (the Texas Probate Code) affects them and their families. This handbook is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer, but instead is designed to assist Texans in learning about their legal rights.

And Justice for All

The promise of equal access to justice is one of the basic foundations of our democracy. Texas attorneys continuously strive to make the promise of “justice for all” a reality for Texans living in poverty. Texas lawyers provide pro bono (free) legal services, support non-profit organizations that provide legal assistance to low-income Texans, and work to find new, innovative ways to increase resources for this important purpose.  Please click here to view the 2010 contest for young lawyer affiliates.

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Office in a Flash

Office in a Flash is a project by the TYLA designed to assist young lawyers with their solo or small firm practices. For more information about this project contact the Texas Young Lawyers Association at (512) 427-1529 or tyla@texasbar.com.

TX Lawyers for TX Veterans

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans is a State Bar of Texas program to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for military veterans who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need.

American Juror

American Juror is a web- and video-based project dedicated to informing Texas citizens about jury service.  It contains links to specific information regarding jury service, tips for reporting and serving as a juror, frequently asked questions, detailed information on the trial process, as well as a glossary containing definitions of common words used before and during jury trials.  Also available on the website is a 15-minute video that you may watch to learn about the role of jury service in our American system of justice.

We appreciate your interest in this important civic duty.

Healing The Wounds

The video portrays the story of "Melinda," a domestic violence survivor, and her journey through the legal process. The goal of the program is to educate victims of family violence about their legal rights.

Hopefully, after viewing this program, some of the victim's fear and confusion about the legal system will be eliminated.

This program is designed to be shown at battered women's shelters, police departments, county and district attorney's offices and other agencies that assist victims of domestic abuse.

Justice 101

Justice 101 was designed as a tool for attorneys to educate clients who are new to the litigation process. This 20-minute video explains the steps of the litigation process, from pleadings to trials to alternative dispute resolution. It also introduces important concepts such as the attorney-client privilege and the need for candor between lawyer and client.

Safeguarding Our Seniors

"Safeguarding Our Seniors" is a video prepared by the Texas Young Lawyers association designed to heighten awareness of the signs & symptoms of elder abuse. Watch the video and start looking out for seniors in your community starting today!

They Had a Dream Too

Outside the Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C., a plaque commemorates one of the landmarks of the civil rights movement with an apposite quote: “Sometimes taking a stand for what is undeniably right means taking a seat.”

Vote America

Today, every adult American citizen regardless of race, gender, religion or socio-economic background has the opportunity to vote. The dreams of our founding fathers, propounded by action, gave us the right to change, the right to be heard, and the right to vote. However, this was not always so.

You're Hired. Now What?

“You’re Hired! Now What?” is a video program designed to teach students and other new members of the workforce about rules governing discriminatory or unfair workplace environments, through a series of vignettes.

Kids In the Crossfire

"Kids in the Crossfire" is a short video designed to  emphasize the impact of parents' behavior during divorce.  Through dramatizations and interviews with children, parents, judges, and counselors who have been impacted by divorce or work in the family law field, the video gives parents a road map of behaviors to avoid and suggestions for improving communication and minimizing stress on children.

Slavery Out of the Shadows

Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking seeks to build awareness of human trafficking, a global epidemic affecting the lives of tens of thousands of victims within our own borders.

Health and Fitness
Health and Fitness

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Luke's Locker Training Program

Social Media 101
Social Media 101

Are there restrictions on what a lawyer can post to social media? Are social media posts considered advertisements? Are other social media activities such as "friending" regulated? This guide is intended to help you better understand the rules governing lawyer communications in social media.

Grievance and Malpractice 101
Grievance and Malpractice 101

No lawyer ever wants to receive a grievance or malpractice claim. But most lawyers are likely to receive at least one of these claims throughout their law career. This pocket guide will provide practical tips and resources on how to avoid and deal with these issues.

The Unconscious Truth
The Unconscious Truth

The Unconscious Truth – The Physical and Legal Effects of Underage Binge Drinking is a multi-media project created by the Texas Young Lawyers Association to educate students and parents on the signs of alcohol poisoning and the legal and physical consequences associated with binge drinking.

The Little Voice
The Little Voice

Recognizing Child Abuse and Your Duty to Report It

Four children die every day from child abuse. A child you know may be the victim of neglect or emotional, physical or sexual abuse.