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The Pro Bono Program is a service of the Jefferson County Bar Association that provides access to justice for low income residents of Southeast Texas who otherwise do not have the means to afford an attorney.  The program serves the residents of Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty and Orange Counties.

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85,132 people below poverty level in the four county service area

Jefferson 21% (252,358) – 52,995 people

Hardin 10.9% (55,417) – 6,040 people

Liberty 18.4% (976,907) – 14,151 people

Orange 14.4% (82,957) – 11,945 people

 

In 2014, 201 applicants qualified for services with 188 being placed with a volunteer attorney.

In 2014, 120 volunteer attorneys donated 2256 hours to low income residents of Southeast Texas.  The estimated monetary value to the community was $491,337.05.

The program has 186 volunteers to service the four counties, maintaining 1 pro bono attorneys for approximately 458 people in the Pro Bono Program service area with income at or below 125% of the federal poverty limit.

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The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors adopted a revised Pro Bono Policy on September 22, 200, which establishes an aspirational goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services to the poor each year for each Texas attorney.  An estimated 75% of the legal needs of the poor are not being met.  The State Bar Board intends for the pro bono policy to encourage attorneys to do more to try to close this gap between the need for legal services to the poor and available services.

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