Pro bono activities are an important professional responsibility. Thompson & Knight’s pro bono program benefits the public, the individuals we serve, and the development of our lawyers’ skills and sense of professional and public service.
We approach pro bono clients with the same dedication and service ethic that we give to all of our valued clients. Thompson & Knight recognizes the dignity that each individual deserves through its steadfast commitment to pro bono and other community service activities.
The projects and organizations our attorneys have contributed to include:
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and South Dallas Legal Clinic. This program has awarded the Firm four pro bono awards for the significant hours we spend in support of the South Dallas Legal Clinic (SDLC) and other pro bono activities. The SDLC is a clinic for people who fall below poverty levels. Thompson & Knight staff performs interviews and check paperwork to ensure that the persons requesting assistance fall within the SDLC’s guidelines. Once eligibility is established, our attorneys provide legal expertise to help address problems.
Housing Crisis Center (HCC) in Dallas. The HCC is dedicated to preventing homelessness and stabilizing families, the elderly, and the disabled in decent, affordable, and permanent housing. Clients who attend HCC’s workshops require legal assistance to avoid wrongful evictions and address other tenant needs. Our attorneys have staffed this clinic once a month for more than 15 years. The Volunteer Center of Dallas County has honored the Firm for its work with the HCC.
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS). VLS is dedicated to helping the overflow of low-income individuals seeking help from the local legal aid office. Its mission is to help low-income clients access the civil justice system by providing volunteer attorneys who donate free legal service and representation and by supporting and training those attorneys. Thompson & Knight has received numerous accolades and awards over the years from VLS. Two Thompson & Knight attorneys were honored for their work in several cases, including a last minute case where our attorneys invested a significant amount of time for a client who was about to lose his home.
In addition to the examples mentioned above, our pro bono legal work ranges from handling adoption cases to handling death penalty cases to representing nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing the needs of the poor.