The Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter is pleased to announce its 2020 Pro Bono Partnership with Reed Smith.
Due to COVID-19, our current in-person events have been postponed. Check back soon for a virtual opportunity to assist the Housing Crisis Clinic this summer. Training will be provided as well as direct support during the clinic. Details and registration coming soon.
For more information regarding Pro Bono initiatives: Please contact Scott Young to learn more about the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter's Pro Bono opportunities and upcoming events.
NEW! PRO BONO TEXAS WEBSITE
The Legal Access Division recently launched Pro Bono Texas, a statewide website that is the one-stop hub for all things pro bono. Find the perfect place to volunteer, the mentors to guide you, the resources to succeed, and a space to celebrate pro bono. We currently need more pro bono mentors. If you are interested in becoming a pro bono mentor, contact Briana Stone at (800) 204-2222, ext.1857, or by email, or sign up here.
ACC VOLUNTEERS AT THE FORT WORTH VETERAN'S CLINIC
On July 15, members of ACC served at the Veteran's Clinic in Fort Worth. Thanks to all these attorneys who joined the Tarrant
County Bar Foundation and Texas Lawyers for Veterans for this important opportunity to provide general legal advice or assist
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH THE DALLAS VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY PROGRAM! – INTERVIEW APPLICANTS AT LEGAL CLINICS
Please see the link below for a listing of DVAP clinics where you can help interview low-income applicants about their legal issues. This is a two-hour time commitment and you are under no obligation to accept a case. Your role is simply to interview the applicant about their legal issue and take notes. The attorneys are requested to be at the clinic by 7:00 p.m. (or 5:30 p.m. at the West Dallas Clinic only). Please contact Carmen Perales to sign up firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance!
ACC-DFW Pro Bono Update:
For the seventh consecutive year, the pro bono committee of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC DFW”) had the opportunity to participate in the Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, in partnership with Street Law, Inc. and TownView Center High School Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Program. The aim of the program is to encourage students who typically do not have access to the profession, to pursue legal careers. (More information on the program, including a video, is at www.streetlaw.org/acc). Over 40 ACC DFW volunteers visited the high school between March 28 and April 8 to teach sessions in four areas of the law: intellectual property, contracts, real estate and employment law.
Building upon those classroom sessions, ACC DFW members and pro bono sponsor Beacon Hill Legal Staffing partnered with the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP to host an afternoon program for the high school students on May 13 at the firm’s Dallas office. Thompson & Knight Partner and Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Richard Roper, served as the keynote speaker. Mr. Roper spoke to the students about criminal employment and criminal real estate fraud cases he litigated as a U.S. Attorney, which related to the areas of law the students were studying. Workshops followed and were led by ACC DFW members in real estate, employment, and contracts law.
This semester’s ACC DFW team leaders were:
• Scott A. Young, Managing Attorney at TGI Friday's Inc. (Real Estate team leader and program coordinator for ACC DFW)
• Derek B. Lipscombe, Managing Counsel at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (Employment team leader)
• Debera Hepburn, Senior Counsel at JCPenney (IP team leader)
• Jay Simmons, Senior Counsel at BMO Transportation Finance, division of BMO Harris Bank N.A. (Contracts team co-leader)
• Bill Wilson, Associate General Counsel & Vice President at BMO Transportation Finance, division of BMO Harris Bank N.A. (Contracts team co-leader)
To learn more about Street Law and the program, visit www.streetlaw.org.