CJP News & Announcements

 

Added November 1, 2011

 

We Need YOUR Recipes for a CJP Keepsake Cookbook!

Do you have a recipe for a delish dish, scrumptious sweet or amazing appetizer that you want to share with the San Antonio legal community?

If so, please consider submitting the recipes for all your culinary creations to the first ever CJP Cookbook. This cookbook will benefit the CJP and be a perfect gift or addition to your kitchen collection. We will be collecting recipes from all members of the legal community: lawyers, judges, paralegals, Auxiliary members, all spouses, clerks, court reporters, etc. to be included in the cookbook, which will be printed in 2012.  You can submit your recipes via our online form.  For any questions, please contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert or Kim Palmer.  Thank you for your submissions, and let’s get cooking!


Important Date Change in November!

Please note that the date for the November Veterans Clinic has changed. Due to the closure of the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital on Veterans Day, the November Veterans Clinic will not be held on November 11, but rather on Friday, November 18, 2011. The clinic will still be in Recreation Room 101B and held from 2-4 p.m. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering at this advice only “ask-a-lawyer” clinic, please contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert at amandab@sabar.org or 210.227.8822 x24.


Third Annual CJP Golf Tournament, April 12

The Community Justice Program is excited to announce the date for our 2012 CJP Celebrity Golf Tournament. Our tournament for next year will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The tournament will again be held at the beautiful Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch. Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned to the Subpoena and SABA email blasts for more details to come soon. If you are ready to reserve your foursome’s spot or commit your sponsorship, contact the CJP at 210.227.8822 or via amandab@sabar.org or suzanned@sabar.org.


Update to CJP Clinics

There will not be any more Haven for Hope Warrants Clinics for the remainder of 2011. These clinics are under construction and while the CJP works hard to retool them, we hope that you will consider volunteering at one of our other clinics. Please look for more information in mid-2012 about the re-launch of the clinics at Haven for Hope. For any questions, please contact the CJP office at 210.227.8822 x24.

 


 

Added October 7, 2011

Noon-hour CLE Program on Monday October 10 - Veterans Benefits - Basic Eligibility

The next noon-hour CLE program of the Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project will be on Monday, October 10, 2011, from noon to 1 p.m. Central Time.  The program will address Veterans Benefits – Basic Eligibility.  The program has been certified for one hour of MCLE credit (all participatory, no ethics) by the State Bar of Texas.
 
The presenter will be Attorney Janet Totter.  Attorney Totter is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Military Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Minnesota State Bar Association.  Attorney Totter served for twenty years in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Attorney Totter is a member of the staff of the Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project.  
 
If you wish to register and receive the access codes and materials, please email ssanchez@tlsc.org.  There is no monetary fee to register.
 
By registering for this program, members of the State Bar of Texas in private practice will be certifying that in return for attendance at the cost-free CLE program, the attorney will render one-half hour of volunteer services to a low-income Texas veteran, referred by one of Texas’ three Legal Aid programs, or by Texas Legal Services Center.  Referrals will be in the geographic area served by the attorney, and for cases (only civil matters) of a type that the attorney handles, and for services of a type that the attorney will have stated that the attorney will render.   Upon registering, further details concerning the volunteer lawyering will be sent.
 
To register, please send an email to ssanchez@tlsc.org.

 


 

Added September 30, 2011

The CJP celebrates its 9th anniversary!

The Community Justice Program has a birthday this month! The CJP is turning nine this month and looks forward to starting its tenth year of operation. The last year has been a banner year for the CJP; it doubled the number of clinics it operates and now offers SEVEN different kinds of pro bono clinics. Additionally, the program has now matched nearly 6,000 cases to pro bono attorneys! This past year has also welcomed CJP Administrative Coordinator, Shannon Jordan, who has been a wonderful asset to our program.

The CJP could not continue to operate without the partnership of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the financial support of the Association of Corporate Counsel South/Central Texas Chapter and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, and volunteers from all areas of the legal community. Thank you all for your continued support of the CJP!

The CJP was started in October 2002 by co-founders Justice Phylis Speedlin and Judge Karen Pozza. Current co-chairs Judge Larry Noll and Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, Shannon and I would like to thank every volunteer who has made it possible to keep the program going and serve such a large number of indigent individuals that otherwise would not have had access to legal representation. Volunteer attorneys, judges, court reporters, bailiffs, law students, paralegals, notaries, legal assistants and countless others help to make our 3-4 monthly clinics a continued success. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered this past year and in the history of the CJP.

The CJP is thriving and growing and we hope to continue to try and meet the needs of the less fortunate in our community through our regular CJP clinics, but also through our other projects. We would like to extend an extra special thanks to everyone that helps to fund our program. Thank you to the ACC for their amazing work with the Ethics Follies and for so generously supporting us with the proceeds from this amazing production. We also want to thank those that bought tables or bid on items at the Esquire Ball, participated in our golf tournament, and extend our sincerest gratitude to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation for awarding us with a grant that will allow us to continue our Veterans Clinics on a monthly basis. We could not do it without everyone’s support — thank you for helping us to grow and thrive so that we can help the less fortunate in Bexar County with free legal assistance!

As always, if you are interested in volunteering or helping in any capacity, please call 210.227.8822 x24 or x26 or email amandab@sabar.org or shannonj@sabar.org.


CJP Receives Grant

The CJP has been awarded another generous grant by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to help further the services of our Veterans Clinics. Thank you to TAJF for supporting our program and helping us to reach out to all of the veterans in Military City, USA who are unable to afford legal assistance.


Important Date Change!

Please note that the date for the November Veterans Clinic has changed. Due to the closure of the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital on Veterans Day, the November Veterans Clinic will not be held on November 11, but rather on Friday, November 18, 2011. The clinic will still be in Recreation Room 101B and held from 2-4 p.m. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering at this advice only “ask-a-lawyer” clinic, please contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert at amandab@sabar.org or 210.227.8822, x24.


Pro Bono Awards Nominations Sought

The 2011 National Pro Bono Week will be held October 23-29. In honor of this, the CJP will give out its third annual pro bono awards at the October 27 SABA luncheon. The individual attorney as well as the firm or organization who took the most cases in the last 12 months will be recognized. Additionally, we are seeking nominations for our 2011 CJP Excellence in Pro Bono Award. This award goes to an individual or organization in the community that has helped to further pro bono efforts or shown an outstanding commitment to pro bono work. Nominations should include a letter of recommendation explaining what the person or organization has done to show a commitment to or enhance pro bono work in our community. Please submit your nominations to Amanda Reimherr Buckert via email at amandab@sabar.org by Friday, October 14, 2011. The award will be chosen by members from the SABA Pro Bono Committee.


AT&T Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Mark Poling, who has been chosen as the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Scholarship winner for the Fall 2011 semester. Poling is a 3L at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He was chosen based on his excellent credentials to assist the CJP this semester with case management. Thank you AT&T, especially attorney Paul Drummond, for supporting this scholarship and the CJP!


Ethics Follies

Be sure not to miss the greatest show the legal community can see this year! The 2011 Ethics Follies is better than ever and will be an entertaining spectacle of fun that will also provide 2.0 hours of CLE/CPE. The Ethics Follies is a Broadway-style production by the South/Central Texas Chapter of The Association of Corporate Counsel’s 14th Annual Ethics Conference. You can purchase your sponsorships or tickets for the 2 p.m. October 26 or the 7 p.m. October 27 showings at www.ethicsfollies.com. This year’s show is called “Cloud 9” and will feature many of your favorite past characters. Don’t forget that this amazing show benefits the Community Justice Program! For questions, call ACC Executive Director Amber Clark at 210.723.8769.

 


 

Added October 30, 2010

Pro Bono Victory for a Veteran

Everette Hughes was at the end of his rope. He is a veteran who bravely served our country, but felt defeated by the system and had given up on pursuing what he felt was right because he could not afford representation. A small flier caught his eye and he decided to call the number printed on it as a last resort of trying to solve his troubles. That flier was one for the Community Justice Program’s first Veterans Clinic on May 21.

Hughes had not only been denied unemployment benefits by the Texas Workforce Commission, he was receiving harassing letters from them on almost a weekly basis. Additionally, he was informed that what benefits he had received, now had to be paid back.  He was informed that what benefits he had received now had to be paid back. As a man of small means, he was unable to do this. He was also unable to continue to fight them on his own.

Karen Monsen, a labor and employment attorney with Jackson Walker, attended that first CJP Veterans Clinic. She was the only lawyer there with employment expertise and was matched with Hughes for a consultation.

“I looked at his case and the odds were just so grim. It was a monumental case that we really didn’t think we could win,” she said about her client.

Monsen took the case back to her firm and put her head together with colleague Marc Whyte about what they could do to help.

“The tough part about this case was dealing with the TWC and getting people to act over there,” Whyte said. “He had two cases that had already been decided against him and they were denying him further hearings because he missed his appeal date.”

With the help of summer clerk Matthew Vandenberg, they filed an open records request to get the previous hearing transcripts. Whyte wrote the brief to the TWC and explained why their decision was wrong and why Hughes should get a new hearing. Remarkably, after a few weeks the hardworking pro bono attorneys at Jackson Walker received word that the TWC concurred that they had erred and awarded Hughes what he was owed and anything further he could receive.

“(Hughes) is such a great guy. This was a team effort and he deserves it. We were all happy to help,” Whyte said.

Hughes paid about $150 out of his pocket to obtain the documents from the open records request. Whyte and Monsen took up a collection from the office and presented $220 to him during a breakfast celebrating their victory.

“This is a very important event in this man’s life and it meant a lot to impact someone’s life that needed it so very much,” Monsen said. “This is a complete victory.”

Hughes said he is eternally grateful for the entire experience and that the CJP Veterans Clinic was the most help he’s ever received as a veteran.

“I owe so much to Ms. Monsen and Mr. Whyte. They have been the best people to enter my life in the last 15 years. If a lawyer working for a big firm like Jackson Walker took the time to do pro bono for me it tells me what kind of people they are and what kind of people they work for,” he said with emotion in his voice. “I just love Karen to death. If I never see her again in my life, I will never forget what she and Marc did for me. From the day I met her at the legal clinic, my life got so much better.”

 


 

Added October 30, 2010

Special Education Clinic

The Community Justice Program is pleased to announce it has joined forces with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to partner in their existing Special Education Clinics. The CJP has adopted the clinics and will now include them as part of the program’s regular clinic schedule. The clinics are held on a quarterly basis at TRLA and focus on assisting parents of special needs children on how to obtain benefits and services that are available to them. For more information, please contact TRLA Managing Attorney Ann Zaragoza at 210.212.3723 or azaragoza@trla.org, or Amanda Reimherr Buckert at amandab@sabar.org or 210.227.8822, x24.

 


 

Added October 30, 2010

Veterans Clinic: Important date change!

Please note that the date for the November Veterans Clinic has changed. In honor of Veterans Day and to support Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, the CJP will join with other Bar associations and legal organizations across Texas to hold an event that will address the many legal needs of our veterans. The CJP’s next Veterans Clinic will be an all-day event on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Audie L. Murphy Hospital, located at 7400 Merton Minter. Session 1 will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and Session 2 will be from 1-3 p.m. We need lawyers from all areas of practice to answer general questions, prepare documents and provide other legal information service to veterans who are prescreened by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. We hope that you will please help us honor our veterans and recognize Veterans Day by participating in this wonderful initiative. If you are interested in volunteering at this advice only “ask-a-lawyer” clinic, please contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert at amandab@sabar.org or 210.227.8822, x24.

 


 

Added September 17, 2010

The CJP Celebrates 8th Anniversary

The Community Justice Program has a birthday this month! The CJP is turning eight this month and looks forward to starting its ninth year of operation. The last year has been special for the CJP, it implemented regular Wills Clinics, started the SABA Pro Bono Committee, launched the Veterans Clinics, conducted its second nonprofit clinic with Association of Corporate Counsel held its first golf tournament and served more than 500 indigent clients – bringing the program’s total number of cases matched to volunteer attorneys to almost 5,000!

The CJP was started in October 2002 co-founders Justice Phylis Speedlin and Judge Karen Pozza. Current co-chairs Judge Larry Noll and Justice Sandee Bryan Marion and I would like to thank every volunteer who has made it possible to keep the program going and serve such a large number of indigent individuals that otherwise would not have had access to legal representation.

The CJP is thriving and growing and we hope to continue to try and meet the needs of the less fortunate in our community through our regular CJP clinics, but also through our other projects.

We would like to extend an extra special thanks to everyone that help to fund our program. Thank you to the ACC for their amazing work with the Ethics Follies and for so generously supporting us with the proceeds from their amazing production. We also want to thank those that bought tables or bid on items at the Esquire Ball; and extend our sincerest gratitude to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation for awarding us with a grant that will allow us to substantially increase the number of Veterans Clinics we hold. We could not do it without everyone’s support – thank you for helping grow and thrive so that we can help the less fortunate in Bexar County with free legal assistance!

As always, if you are interested in volunteering or helping in any capacity, please call 210.227.8822 x24 or email amandab@sabar.org.

 


 

Added September 12, 2010

CJP Special Announcements

CJP Receives Grant  The CJP has been awarded a generous grant by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to help further the services of our Veterans Clinics, hold them on a more frequent basis and provide personnel to help manage the clinics. Thank you to TAJF for supporting our program and helping us to reach out to all of the veterans in Military City, USA who are unable to afford legal assistance.

Important Date Change!  Please note that the date for the November Veterans Clinic has changed. In honor of Veterans Day, the CJP will hold the next Veterans Clinic during an all-day event on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Audie L. Murphy Hospital, located at 7400 Merton Minter. Session 1 will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and Session 2 will be from 1-3 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering at this advice only “ask-a-lawyer” clinic, please contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert at
amandab@sabar.org or 210.227.8822, x24.

Pro Bono Award Nominations Sought  The 2010 National Pro Bono Week will be held Oct. 24-30. In honor of this, the CJP will give out its second annual pro bono awards at the October 28 SABA luncheon. The individual attorney as well as the firm or organization who took the most cases in the last 12 months will be recognized. Additionally, we are seeking nominations for our 2010 CJP Excellence in Pro Bono Award. This award goes to an individual or organization in the community that has helped to further pro bono efforts or shown an outstanding commitment to pro bono work. Nominations should include a letter of recommendation explaining what the person or organization has done to show a commitment to or enhance pro bono work in our community. Please submit your nominations to Amanda Reimherr Buckert via email at
amandab@sabar.org by Friday, October 15, 2010. The award will be chosen by members from the SABA Pro Bono Committee.

AT&T Scholarship Winner  Bryan Myers has been chosen as the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Scholarship winner for the Fall 2010 semester. Myers is a 3L at St. Mary’s University School of Law and was chosen based on his excellent credentials to assist the CJP this semester with case management. Thank you AT&T, especially attorney Paul Drummond, for supporting this scholarship and the CJP!

 


 

Added July 15, 2010

2nd CJP Veterans Clinic, Aug. 20

The CJP is proud to hold its second Veterans Clinic from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2010 at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital. The first clinic in May was so well received, that several dozen veterans had to be put on a waiting list for our next available clinic. The SABA Pro Bono Committee — especially Justice Phylis Speedlin and Allan DuBois — have worked diligently to get the clinics incorporated into the regular CJP schedule. In addition to the August 20 clinic, another Veterans Clinic is slated for November 19. These “advice only” ask-a-lawyer clinics provide information in all areas of law to indigent veterans.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Amanda Reimherr Buckert at
amandab@sabar.org.

 


 

Added July 15, 2010

1st CJP Veterans Clinic a Success!

The Community Justice Program held its first Veterans Clinic on May 21st at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital. The clinic received an overwhelming response of both volunteer attorneys and clients, which were all veterans with some pressing need. Those needs spanned all areas of law. Attorneys provided advice and guidance on everything from family and child support issues to wills and tax problems – one attorney even helped to save a veteran’s home from being taken! The San Antonio Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee decided to continue the clinics on a quarterly basis. The next two clinics will be held on August 20 and November 19. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert at
amandab@sabar.org or 210.227.8822, x24.

 


 

Added June 1, 2010

Congratulations Elena!

Community Justice Program Assistant Elena P. Serna has been a huge asset to the program in recent months; and we would like to congratulate her on passing the Texas Bar Exam! Elena graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law and is already licensed in her home state of New Mexico. She was sworn in by CJP Co-chair Justice Sandee Bryan Marion and took her first case as a licensed Texas attorney at the May 11 CJP clinic. We appreciate all that she has done and wish her the best in her new endeavors and career as a lawyer!

 


 

Added May 20, 2010

Community Justice Program Celebrity Golf Tournament

The inaugural Community Justice Program Celebrity Golf Tournament, presented by BKD, LLP, was held April 29 at The Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch and was a swinging success! We want to congratulate all of our team and contest winners and extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all of the sponsors that helped to make the tournament such a special event. We would like to especially thank the staff at the course for all of their help and hard work, in particular Head Golf Professional Chris Perkins and Southern Golf Properties President Bryan Gathright. Bryan, who is rated by Golf Magazine as one of the top 100 golf instructors in the country, was instrumental in making this a memorable day. We would also like to thank the entire staff of the San Antonio Bar Association – especially Jimmy Allison – and our celebrities former San Antonio Spur Paul Griffin and former Major League Baseball players Gary Bell and Joe Horlen. Thank you to everyone who participated; we are already planning next year’s tournament and hope to see you there!

 


 

Added May 12, 2010

2nd Annual Ask-A-Lawyer Nonprofit Legal Clinic

The Association of Corporate Counsel, Texas C-BAR and the Community Justice Program are holding their second annual Ask-A-Lawyer Nonprofit Legal Clinic from 6-8 p.m. on May 13, 2010 at the St. Mary’s Center for Legal & Social Justice. We need your help in identifying nonprofits who would like to participate in this free advice clinic, or which you think would benefit from this opportunity. We are looking for nonprofits that need pro bono legal assistance with transactional issues, contracts, leases, copyrights/trademarks, employment law, real estate and construction matters. The clinic will not address questions related to litigation, obtaining 501(c)(3) status or specific non-profit tax counsel. Please forward the name of any nonprofit that you know of or are involved with that may be in need of this type of assistance to Amanda Reimherr Buckert via email at
amandab@sabar.org. Nonprofits can also sign up by contacting Amber Clark at accasouthcentral@yahoo.com and requesting an intake form to fill out and return to us. The deadline for sign-up has been extended to May 7, 2010.  For additional information, please contact Sakina Hassonjee at 210.385.3255.

 


 

Added May 12, 2010

Volunteer attorneys needed for 1st Veterans Legal Clinic

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV) is a new State Bar of Texas Committee established by State Bar President-Elect Terry Tottenham to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for military veterans and their families who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to legal services they need and deserve.

On Friday, May 21, 2010 the San Antonio Bar Association’s Community Justice Program will hold its first Veterans Legal Clinic at the Audie L. Murphy Hospital (7400 Merton Minter).  The ask-a-lawyer clinic will be held from 2-5 p.m.

Volunteer attorneys are needed from all areas of practice to assist with this clinic. Attorneys will only be offering advice to pre-screened clients on a variety of legal issues. Please contact CJP Coordinator Amanda Reimherr Buckert at 210.227.8822 x24 or via email at amandab@sabar.org if you would like to volunteer.

If you know of a veteran looking for advice on a legal matter, they should call Patty Villarreal at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid at 210.212.3740 to register for the clinic.

 


 

Added May 3, 2010

Maria “Lulu” Villanueva honored by SBOT

Lulu Villanueva has been selected as the first recipient of the State Bar of Texas 2010 Pro Bono Coordinator Award, for her outstanding work with the Community Justice Program in San Antonio.

The Pro Bono Coordinator Award is given to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the delivery of, and access to legal services for the poor, while serving as the pro bono coordinator for a volunteer attorney organization or group, local bar association, law firm, law school, corporate legal office, governmental law department or legal services organization.

The Community Justice Program has placed almost 4,000 cases with attorneys in San Antonio since its inception in 2002.  Congratulations, Lulu!

 



Added May 3, 2010

2nd Annual Ask-A-Lawyer Nonprofit Legal Clinic

The Association of Corporate Counsel, Texas C-BAR and the Community Justice Program are holding their second annual Ask-A-Lawyer Nonprofit Legal Clinic from 6-8 p.m. on May 13, 2010 at the St. Mary’s Center for Legal & Social Justice. We need your help in identifying nonprofits who would like to participate in this free advice clinic, or which you think would benefit from this opportunity. We are looking for nonprofits that need pro bono legal assistance with transactional issues, contracts, leases, copyrights/trademarks, employment law, real estate and construction matters. The clinic will not address questions related to litigation, obtaining 501(c)(3) status or specific non-profit tax counsel. Please forward the name of any nonprofit that you know of or are involved with that may be in need of this type of assistance to Amanda Reimherr Buckert via email at
amandab@sabar.org. Nonprofits can also sign up by contacting Amber Clark at accasouthcentral@yahoo.com and requesting an intake form to fill out and return to us. The deadline for sign-up has been extended to May 7, 2010.  For additional information, please contact Sakina Hassonjee at 210.385.3255.
 



Added May 3, 2010

Volunteer attorneys needed for 1st Veterans Legal Clinic

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV) is a new State Bar of Texas Committee established by State Bar President-Elect Terry Tottenham to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for military veterans and their families who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to legal services they need and deserve.
On Friday, May 21, 2010 the San Antonio Bar Association’s Community Justice Program will hold its first Veterans Legal Clinic at the Audie L. Murphy Hospital (7400 Merton Minter).  The ask-a-lawyer clinic will be held from 2-5 p.m.

 Volunteer attorneys are needed from all areas of practice to assist with this clinic. Attorneys will only be offering advice to pre-screened clients on a variety of legal issues. Please contact CJP Coordinator Amanda Reimherr Buckert at 210.227.8822 x24 or via email at
amandab@sabar.org if you would like to volunteer.

If you know of a veteran looking for advice on a legal matter, they should call Patty Villarreal at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid at 210.212.3740 to register for the clinic.

 



Added April 1, 2010

2nd Annual Ask-A-Lawyer Nonprofit Legal Clinic

The Association of Corporate Counsel, Texas C-BAR and the Community Justice Program are holding their second annual Ask-A-Lawyer Nonprofit Legal Clinic from 6-8 p.m. on May 13, 2010 at the St. Mary’s Center for Legal & Social Justice. We need your help in identifying nonprofits that would like to participate in this free advice clinic, or which you think would benefit from this opportunity. We are looking for nonprofits that need pro bono legal assistance with transactional issues, contracts, leases, copyrights/trademarks, employment law, real estate and construction matters. The clinic will not address questions related to litigation, obtaining 501(c)(3) status or specific non-profit tax counsel. Please forward the name of any nonprofit you know of or are involved with that may be in need of this type of assistance to Amanda Reimherr Buckert via email at
amandab@sabar.org. Nonprofits can also sign up by contacting Amber Clark at accasouthcentral@yahoo.com and requesting an intake form. Deadline for sign-up is April 9, 2010.  For additional information, please contact Sakina Hassonjee at 210.385.3255.
 



Added March 5, 2010


The SABA Pro Bono Committee introduces their latest service project

By Kevin Robinowich
Clinical Fellow, St. Mary’s University School of Law

One of the most frequent legal issues confronting the homeless community of Bexar County is the need to clear up warrants which are usually based upon Class C misdemeanors and other charges.  These offenses, including public intoxication, panhandling, disorderly conduct, and camping are a result of the perils and frustration that members of the street population deal with on a daily basis.  Most of these individuals do not attend their scheduled hearing because they lack the capacity to remember their hearing date, their citation with the hearing date was stolen along with everything else they own, or they are simply afraid of the consequences of incurring a punishment with no means to pay a fine and the possibility of incarceration.

Perhaps the greatest consequence of these standing warrants is that they place homeless individuals in a cycle preventing them from rising out of homelessness.  The warrants prevent the homeless from obtaining a Texas I.D. or Driver’s License, which thus prevents them from obtaining employment as well as any public benefits they may otherwise be able to utilize.

The goal of the Haven for Hope Criminal Defense Project is to break the link in the cycle of homelessness by helping the homeless community of Bexar County to handle the warrants which prevent them from gaining employment or public benefits.  Further, by helping to clear these warrants, this Clinic will lessen the burden on local law enforcement agencies and the Magistrate Court.

With the help of the San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program, the City of San Antonio Municipal Court, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, and the St. Mary’s University Center for Legal and Social Justice, the Haven for Hope Criminal Defense Project will be held on a monthly basis at Haven for Hope.  At each monthly clinic, volunteers will work together to handle each homeless client’s outstanding City of San Antonio Municipal Court Warrants on an individual basis.  Helping these homeless individuals clear their warrants will help clear the way to obtain identification, gain employment, and rise out of their current homeless situation.

 



Added March 5, 2010

Thank you AT&T!

The Community Justice Program would like to sincerely thank the legal department of AT&T for its generous contribution, as well as for its efforts in developing our new partnership. The diligent work and amazing dedication of AT&T attorneys Paul Drummond and Jaime Mata have led to their company establishing a yearly commitment to furthering the pro bono work of the CJP by funding the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Scholarship.

Additionally, AT&T has provided a very charitable one-time contribution to the CJP for the purchase of a couple new laptop computers, which will replace the aging machines used at the CJP clinics.

The scholarship will be provided to two St. Mary’s University School of Law students each year — one each semester. The student will intern five hours each week for the CJP and support the staff with assistance in case management and administrative functions.

The first recipient, Kimbel Ward, has already been selected and started at the CJP. Kimbel is an extremely qualified student and will continue to assist the CJP for the duration of the Spring semester. Congratulations, Kimbel!

Again, everyone involved with the CJP would like to extend our immense gratitude to AT&T for its dedication to pro bono efforts in our community and for selecting the CJP as the recipient of these funds. We thank AT&T for its support and we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership through the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Scholarship program.



Added February 24, 2010

CJP Celebrity Golf Tournament, Apr. 29!

SAVE THE DATE!

The Community Justice Program is proud to announce its inaugural CJP Celebrity Golf Tournament!  So dust off your clubs and round up your foursomes for the April 29 tournament at The Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch.

  • Prime rib lunch
  • Golf clinic with Bryan Gaithright, one of the top 100 golf instructors in the U.S., from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Make-your-own breakfast taco bar
  • 9 a.m. shotgun start
  • Gatorade and bottled water in each cart
  • Free tees and free range balls
  • Roving Keg
  • Prizes including rounds of golf at some of the area’s best courses

Additional details will be in the April Subpoena, but for registration and more information contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert or Jimmy Allison at 210.227.8822 or via email at amandab@sabar.org and jimmya@sabar.org.
 



Added February 24, 2010

SABA Pro Bono Committee introduces their latest service project, the Haven for Hope Criminal Defense Project

By Kevin Robinowich
Clinical Fellow,
St. Mary’s University School of Law

One of the most frequent legal issues confronting the homeless community of Bexar County is the need to clear up warrants which are usually based upon Class C misdemeanors and other charges.  These offenses, including public intoxication, panhandling, disorderly conduct, and camping are a result of the perils and frustration that members of the street population deal with on a daily basis.  Most of these individuals do not attend their scheduled hearing because they lack the capacity to remember their hearing date, their citation with the hearing date was stolen along with everything else they own, or they are simply afraid of the consequences of incurring a punishment with no means to pay a fine and the possibility of incarceration.

Perhaps the greatest consequence of these standing warrants is that they place homeless individuals in a cycle preventing them from rising out of homelessness.  The warrants prevent the homeless from obtaining a Texas I.D. or Driver’s License, which thus prevents them from obtaining employment as well as any public benefits they may otherwise be able to utilize.
The goal of the Haven for Hope Criminal Defense Project is to break the link in the cycle of homelessness by helping the homeless community of Bexar County to handle the warrants which prevent them from gaining employment or public benefits.  Further, by helping to clear these warrants, this Clinic will lessen the burden on local law enforcement agencies and the Magistrate Court.

With the help of the San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program, the City of San Antonio Municipal Court, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, and the St. Mary’s University Center for Legal and Social Justice, the Haven for Hope Criminal Defense Project will be held on a monthly basis at Haven for Hope.  At each monthly clinic, volunteers will work together to handle each homeless client’s outstanding City of San Antonio Municipal Court Warrants on an individual basis.  Helping these homeless individuals clear their warrants will help clear the way to obtain identification, gain employment, and rise out of their current homeless situation.




Added February 24, 2010

Thank you AT&T!

The Community Justice Program would like to sincerely thank the legal department of AT&T for its generous contribution, as well as for its efforts in developing our new partnership. The diligent work and amazing dedication of AT&T attorneys Paul Drummond and Jaime Mata have led to their company establishing a yearly commitment to furthering the pro bono work of the CJP by funding the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Scholarship.

Additionally, AT&T has provided a very charitable one-time contribution to the CJP for the purchase of a couple new laptop computers, which will replace the aging machines used at the CJP clinics.

The scholarship will be provided to two St. Mary’s University School of Law students each year — one each semester. The student will intern five hours each week for the CJP and support the staff with assistance in case management and administrative functions.

The first recipient, Kimbel Ward, has already been selected and started at the CJP. Kimbel is an extremely qualified student and will continue to assist the CJP for the duration of the Spring semester. Congratulations, Kimbel!

Again, everyone involved with the CJP would like to extend our immense gratitude to AT&T for its dedication to pro bono efforts in our community and for selecting the CJP as the recipient of these funds. We thank AT&T for its support and we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership through the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Scholarship program.
 



Added February 15, 2010

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

As co-chair of the CJP, I am happy to announce that Justice Sandee Bryan Marion will be my new fellow co-chair. Judge Michael Peden has decided to retire not just from the bench, but also the CJP and will focus on being a grandfather to his new grandson. The CJP thanks Judge Peden for all the great work he has done with the CJP during the past year. We are very excited to have Justice Marion on board as she has been devoted to the CJP since its inception. We welcome her and look forward to a great year for our program!

- Judge Larry Noll, CJP Co-chair
 



Added February 15, 2010


The CJP would like to thank the following individuals:

Volunteer attorney Terri Abernathy for being the first attorney to take a “CJP on Wheels” case.  Terri took three pro bono cases for indigent, homebound clients.  She will provide wills and advanced planning documents for two clients and represent another in a bankruptcy matter.  Terri will meet and work with her clients at their homes.  We want to sincerely thank her for taking the time to represent homebound individuals and provide the legal service they so desperately need, but who are unable to leave their home for meetings.

St. Mary’s law students Heather Pierce and Monetta Elaine Burgess for volunteering a day to assist the CJP office.  Heather and Elaine were a huge help. Thank you!

 

 

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