Students Assist Immigrants, Low-Income Property Owners in the Valley Over Winter Break

University of Texas School of Law students, faculty and alumni will spend part of their winter break immersed in the Rio Grande Valley volunteering on projects that will impact and aid low-income property owners, immigration detainees and undocumented high school students among other populations in need of free legal services.

During the fifth annual Pro Bono in January trip, which will take place Jan. 5-10, 36 law students will put their education into action helping to provide access to justice in South Texas while improving their legal skills, building community with their classmates and exploring legal practice.

About Pro Bono in January Projects:

Wills on Wheels
Students will work with attorneys from the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and South Texas Civil Rights Project to staff wills clinics in Pharr and Brownsville by interviewing low-income property owners about their estate needs as well as drafting wills.

Immigration Assistance
A small group will help the South Texas Civil Rights Project assemble immigration petitions for women filling for legal residency under the Violence Against Women Act, and another group will work with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project to assist immigration detainees.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Project
Students, faculty, attorneys from Austin and the Valley, and other volunteers will help run DACA clinics in San Juan for undocumented high school students who may qualify for the DACA program.

To schedule a free appointment or find out more about the DACA clinics, contact the UT Law Pro Bono Program at 512-232-2990 or Appointments for services are available and required in advance.

“A lot of future probate, property and immigration issues will be resolved after the work done during these clinics,” said Tina Fernandez, director of UT Law’s Pro Bono Program. “The volunteer work students, alumni, faculty and our partners in the field will do during the Pro Bono in January trip will affect hundreds of individuals and families in the Valley.”

Photography and interview opportunities will be available on location.

Media contact: Samantha Youngblood, manager of media relations,, 512-232-1156.

Related content:
Read about the 2011 Pro Bono in January trip.

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