Working together to meet vets’ legal needs

Texas lawyers perform authentic and selfless service to perhaps the most deserving segment of our society – our veterans.

Op-Ed (Texas)

Frank Stevenson
El Paso Times (TX)
October 25, 2016

Tags: Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: State Bar of Texas


This week – Oct. 23-29 – is Celebrate Pro Bono Week. It’s the perfect time to set aside the jokes and tell the stories instead. And Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, or TLTV, is a story worth telling.

As in many aspects of the legal profession, Texas leads the nation in promoting access to justice for veterans. In July 2010, the State Bar of Texas under then-President Terry Tottenham started TLTV, a program that equips local bar associations to operate legal aid clinics specifically for our veterans. Since then, TLTV volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students have helped more than 22,000 veterans across our state.

TLTV was modeled on the groundbreaking Veterans Legal Initiative, started by the Houston Bar Association in 2008. Those volunteers alone have served 14,539 veterans in the past eight years.