By Zelda Hinojosa-Howell, Lone Star Legal Aid Representing survivors of crime requires a willingness to provide holistic legal services to meet both their legal and non-legal needs. Legal aid attorneys representing survivors of crime wear many hats. We are their zealous advocate, but at times it can feel like we are also their cheerleader, therapist,… Continue reading Navigating Texas Family Code Title IV Protective Orders
Daphne Wilson, Texas Legal Services Center Almost half of U.S. states have no explicit protections for LGBTQ workers. While many large cities have explicit protections, they vary widely. After decades of resistance in federal courts, there has been recent movement in federal caselaw to extend Title VII protections to claims based on sexual orientation and… Continue reading Are LGBTQ Workplace Protections a Myth?
By Robyn Brumbelow, Lone Star Legal Aid “Look at who died!” my receptionist exclaimed as I opened my office door to see her shoving a local newspaper in my face. There, above the fold, was the obituary of a client’s former judgment debtor, which read, “She’d worked to get her affairs in order.” The last… Continue reading Using TUFTA to Spot Fraud and Collect for Your Client
By Elizabeth Tran, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Last year I attended the 20th Annual Texas Bar College Summer School CLE at Moody Gardens. During an expansive review by Cindy Tisdale on new caselaw affecting family matters, one case, Turrubiartes v. Olvera, stood out to me the most. It addressed issues that quite often come up in… Continue reading Recent Case Helps Protect Undocumented Survivors of Abuse
By Julie Balovich, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid When people think of advance directives, they usually think of medical and financial powers of attorney. These are important planning documents that allow individuals to choose proxies and make decisions for themselves in the event that they are incapable to do so. Less well known is the psychiatric… Continue reading Psychiatric Advance Directives: A Tool for Self-Determination and Advocacy for People with Serious Mental Illness