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Texas Civil Rights Project (Prisoners' Rights Program)

The Texas Civil Rights Project's Prisoners' Rights Program works to improve conditions in Texas prisons and jails through litigation and advocacy. Over 200,000 people are incarcerated in Texas on any given day, and most do not have any access to attorneys. Prisoners tell TCRP horrific stories of wrongful deaths, denial of medical care, violations of due process, denial of religious liberties, and excessive force.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Texas
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Prisoners
  • Populations Served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Juveniles, Low Income, Persons with Disabilities, Prisoners/Criminal Defendants, Torture survivors
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Mentors/consultants, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Evenings, Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Weekends
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: Yes
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legal Research, Legislative or policy advocacy, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: Class actions, Litigation: Impact, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials, Translate legal documents
  • Other Project Types: Representation before administrative bodies
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Conduct Research, Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Mentor Volunteer Lawyers, Realizar investigación, Redactar borrador o traducir documento legal, Servir de mentor(a) de abogado(a) voluntario(a)
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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Volunteer Profile

Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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