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Help us fight to end the criminalization of poverty in Texas.

Freedom to Drive Pro Bono Program

Want court experience? Want to help members of your community? You've come to the right place!

Texas Fair Defense has undertaken the exciting endeavor of creating a statewide pro bono network of attorneys willing to represent low income Texans with driver's license restoration. No experience is necessary. Attorneys will generally spend an average of about ten hours per case. We ask that each Pro Bono Attorney take at least two cases within one year of getting involved with the program. Pro Bono Attorneys receive free CLE training that walks them through each step of the process. Additionally, Pro Bono Attorneys receive access to samples, forms, and resources as well as case assistance from Texas Fair Defense Project staff. In return for your assistance to your local community, you will receive valuable opportunities to hone your own professional skills through litigation, negotiation, and client counseling.

Ready to sign up? Fill out the pro bono questionnaire and you will hear back from us within 5 business days.Other questions? Contact Jessica Johnson at jjohnson@fairdefense.org.

Other Pro Bono Opportunities

Volunteer attorneys can partner with TFDP staff to:

- Represent individuals in class C misdemeanor cases

- Volunteer at legal clinics

- Research and draft amicus briefs for the Court of Criminal Appeals, the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court on legal issues that impact poor people accused of criminal offenses

- Litigate civil right suits to protect the rights of indigent defendants

- Investigate illegal practices through court observations and case file review

- Conduct policy research

If you are interested in partnering with TFDP, please contact Jessica Johnson at jjohnson@fairdefense.org.

Sponsor a Clinic

Every other month, TFDP holds a driver's license recovery clinic for residents of Austin and Travis County. We do this with partners at the UT School of Law and Austin Municipal Court. These clinics serve people in the community whose licenses have been suspended because they cannot afford to pay their tickets and related surcharges. For $5,000 TFDP can host a six-hour clinic that will serve between 100 and 200 people with staff and volunteers from the Austin area.

If you are interested in sponsoring a clinic, please contact Amanda Woog at awoog@fairdefense.org.

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