The Texas Bar Foundation recently awarded the Smith County Bar Foundation a $15,000 grant to initiate a volunteer attorney program, according to a news release.
Mike Coker, president of the Smith County Bar Foundation, said, “A milestone was recently achieved when all pending cases were placed with volunteer attorneys, but new cases arise on a daily basis.”
The Texas Bar Foundation funds projects throughout Texas that further legal services for the underserved. Since its inception, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.
The Smith County Bar Foundation was formed in 2003 and funds similar projects on a local basis. Projects include the annual constitution day event, annual law day celebration and the scaled version of the Smith County Courthouse at the Discovery Science Place. There is no charge for the public to attend those events or view the courthouse at the Discovery Science Place.
Through the efforts of the volunteer attorneys more than $120,000 in legal services will be provided to the community.
For more information, contact the Smith County Bar Foundation at 903-526-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.